Cope: Youth movement wants Mda, Booi out

2010-07-06 00:00

INFIGHTING involving the top leadership of the Congress of the People (Cope) has filtered down to its youth wing following yesterday’s call by the Cope Youth Movement in KwaZulu-Natal for its national convenor, Anele Mda, to resign.

Just days after the congress national committee (CNC) of Cope decided to oust its deputy president, Mbhazima Shilowa, from controlling its parliamentary accounts, Nhlanhla Ntuthuko Dumakude, the KZN secretary and chairperson of Cope YM, called on Mda and Cope YM national secretary Malusi Booi to step down from their positions.

The provincial youth wing appealed to all Cope YM’s provincial structures to join in convening a “youth movement consultative forum” in order to discuss the future of Cope YM.

“It has come to our attention that Cope YM leadership is not interested in the youth of Cope and of the country. To date there has never been any announcement of a solid programme on how to develop the youth of South Africa. Cope has talented, hard-working and visionary youth movement members who can take this organisation to great heights,” Dumakude said.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, Dumakude said the call for Mda and Booi to step down is long overdue “as they previously took a unilateral decision on our behalf as Cope YM without even consulting us”.

“Mda has caused divisions within the party and it seems that Cope YM only exists within the party, as there are no programmes for the youth of the country originating from Cope YM leadership,” Dumakude said.

Booi was cited in a Cope memorandum as having been awarded a tender of over R580 000 through his company C-Yoyo to undertake the branding of Cope’s parliamentary offices, which was allegedly done without calling for tenders.

Dumakude said they regard this as corruption and that Booi should therefore step down.

He also called for the lifting of the suspension of the deputy national chairperson of Cope YM, Thabiso Teffor.

“We state categorically that as far as we are concerned, Thabiso Teffo remains in full duties in Cope YM as national deputy chair. Any suspension imposed on him is null and void.”

Regarding the ousting of Shilowa and Cope’s administrative whip, Dumakude said: “Cope YM warmly welcomes that decision. KZN Cope YM prides itself that it belongs to an organisation that defends its founding principles: to fight corruption, to defend the Constitution and the rule of law. Cope YM KZN would have appreciated, however, if the CNC had suspended the deputy president of Cope for having brought the organisation into disrepute.”

Commenting on the call, Booi said: “We are quite aware of what they [the Lekota faction within Cope] intend doing.

“They are creating anarchy and establishing parallel structures in provinces with an intention to have some leeway of being in power. As much as these are disturbing to us, no one will step down in the organisation …”

On the allegation that there is corruption in the C-Yoyo transaction he said that “in Parliament there’s a normal audit done by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which found no form of fraud or corruption in the transaction. It is incorrect for people to go around doing a smear campaign and discrediting individuals without facts …”

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