Ngonyama wages peace

2010-12-13 00:00

DIVISIONS in the Congress of the People (Cope) in KwaZulu-Natal were again visible at the weekend as some top provincial leaders of the organisation “boycotted’’ a meeting called by the party’s national task team (NTT) to map the way forward as the party prepares for the national elective congress this week.

The NTT, comprised of four Cope national leaders, Ndzipo Khalipha who is also the convenor, Smuts Ngonyama, Cope national spokesperson Philip Dexter and Mluleki George, had scheduled a meeting at Cope’s provincial office at Fenton House in Durban on Saturday.

The NTT was established by Cope’s national office bearers as a response to Cope KZN’s internal squabbles that saw a certain faction declaring a vote of no confidence in the whole provincial leadership of the organisation in the province.

The main source of the conflict within Cope are allegations of financial mismanagement regarding the use of R1,4 million allocated to Cope by the provincial legislature.

Top KZN Cope leaders, including provincial secretary Philip Mhlongo and provincial chairperson and Cope’s KZN MPL Lucky Gabea, did not attend the meeting, which was the last KZN meeting before the party sends its delegates to Cope’s first national congress scheduled for Pretoria on Wednesday and Thursday.

The meeting, which was chaired by Ngonyama, had to be moved to a beachfront hotel after Mhlongo “disappeared’’ with the office keys.

Some leaders who attended the weekend meeting described Mhlongo’s action as an attempt to sabotage the meeting as the faction he is aligned to is believed to be against the appointment of the NTT overCope’s affairs in the province.

In an attempt to normalise the situation before this week’s congress, the NTT announced the establishment of sub-committees comprised of leaders from both factions.

Ngonyama said out of 34 Cope branches in KZN that have submitted their credentials to send delegates to the congress, only 10 qualified and 24 had to go through an appeal process, which is expected to be verified before Wednesday.

A financial committee comprised of George and other provincial leaders has been established and among its tasks will be to investigate the allegations of financial irregularities regarding the R1,4 million allocated to the party by the legislature.

“As we are doing nationally through forensic auditing, we want to ensure that there is clean financial governance in each province,’’ Ngonyama said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.