Cope: eThekwini region stands by its leaders

2010-10-25 00:00

THE embattled KwaZulu-Natal leadership of the Congress of the People (Cope) received a shot in the arm yesterday when one of its biggest regions, eThekwini, declared support for it to continue leading the province, despite rejection by six regions of the organisation.

Last week six Cope regions, — Pietermaritzburg, uThukela, Ugu, Zululand, Sisonke and uMzinyathi — deputy provincial chairperson Piet Beegte and provincial head of communications Nikkie Moore declared a vote of no confidence in the interim provincial leadership of the party, citing among other things, irregularities in the use of funds allocated to Cope by the KZN Legislature.

The national working committee (NWC) of Cope appointed a three-man national task team to investigate the KZN scenario.

Speaking to The Witness during the eThekwini elective regional conference at Berea Bowling Club in Durban yesterday, acting regional secretary Hlengiwe Hlophe and deputy regional chairperson Moeketsi Tlali said eThekwini region stands by its leadership, despite the allegations.

“The motion of the vote of no confidence in our leadership was declared by individuals within those regions, not by the membership as they were not consulted,” said Hlophe.

“Besides that this [provincial leadership] is an interim structure, so you cannot replace an interim structure with another interim structure.

“Also, in the Cope constitution there is no provision for the declaration of a vote of no confidence as we saw in July when the deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa’s faction attempted to oust president Mosioua Terror Lekota.

“Hence we as eThekwini region declare that we stand by our leaders and only an elective conference will have the power to replace them.”

Tlali pointed out that leaders from those regions who are pushing for a vote of no confidence in the provincial leadership are part of the provincial interim leadership group, which approved the organisation’s financial report.

Tlali further accused leadership in those six regions of being “divisive and power-hungry”.



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