KZN Cope faction to hold Feb conference

2011-01-10 00:00

ONE of the Congress of the People (Cope) factions aligned to Mosioua Lekota in KwaZulu-Natal announced February 11 and 12, 2011, as its dates for an elective conference, which will take place at a venue still to be announced.

The convenor of the national task team of Cope, Ndzipho Kalipha, announced this at a press conference held at its Pietermaritzburg offices yesterday.

The meeting was conspicuous by the absence of Cope KZN chairperson and its MPL in the KZN Legislature, Lucky Gabela, and provincial secretary Philip Mhlongo who are believed to be aligned to the Mbhazima Shilowa faction.

Infighting within Cope took an ugly turn in December during its national elective conference, which was eventually abandoned by the Lekota faction.

At the city conference Kalipha was flanked by deputy provincial secretary Pastor Nomhle Mahlawe and KZN Cope Youth Movement chairperson Mxolisi Khalankomo.

They all rejected the leadership of Shilowa and said KZN Cope still takes Lekota as Cope president.

Kalipa said only the current 108 KZN branches would be given voter status at the conference and those formed after yesterday would only get an observer status.

At the press conference it was also announced that Cope had moved its provincial headquarters from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and that a decision on the fate of those members aligned to Shilowa would be discussed at a congress national committee meeting on January 15.


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