Cope dismisses Shilowa

2010-10-19 00:00

ALMOST a week after being questioned by forensic auditors regarding the use of parliamentary funds within the Congress of the People (Cope), Cope’s national leadership has decided to remove the party’s deputy president, Mbhazima Shilowa both as its chief whip in Parliament and as its accounting officer.

Cope national spokesperson Phillip Dexter announced yesterday that the decision was taken after the party’s regular fortnightly meeting of Cope national office bearers.

“The chief whip, having filed with Parliament a declaration purported to be confirmed by an auditor that was in fact not, that the requisite financial systems were in place to manage the moneys given to the party by Parliament, decided to remove Shilowa …,” Dexter said in a statement yesterday.

Shilowa’s dismissal is the culmination of court battles and tension between him and party president Mosioua Terror Lekota, that saw Lekota’s faction within the party being in charge of key positions.

Last week, Shilowa was hauled before investigators from KPMG after allegations that there are some irregularities in the financial management of Cope’s parliamentary funds.

Cope’s leaders also announced the dismissal of administrative whip and liaison with Parliament, Lolo Mashiane, for allegedly refusing to co-operate with the forensic audit being conducted by KPMG.

Well-known Lekota ally Tozamile Bothe was appointed as the acting chief whip and accounting officer while Julie Killian, who was the party house whip, was appointed as administrative whip and liaison with Parliament, Dexter confirmed in his statement.

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