ConCourt dismisses Shilowa application

2012-05-08 16:36

Cape Town - The Constitutional Court has dismissed with costs an application by Cope co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa regarding his expulsion from the party, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Tuesday.

"Mr Shilowa, in one of his familiar but futile efforts to overturn his expulsion from the Congress of the People, had finally taken the party to the Constitutional Court," Lekota told journalists at Parliament.

The series of court battles lost by Shilowa bore incontestable testimony to the fact that there never existed any legal basis for his claim to the leadership of the party, he said.

This development opened the way for the leadership of the party, its members, and supporters to proceed with maximum speed to "energise the party renewal programme".

This was in preparation for holding regional congresses before July 2 and provincial congresses before August 13.

This would ensure the party was ready to hold its national congress before the end of October, Lekota said.

In February 2011, Lekota announced Shilowa had been expelled from the party for mismanaging parliamentary funds - a charge Shilowa has consistently denied.

  • Kala - 2012-05-08 16:45

    He couldn't cope

  • thozi - 2012-05-08 17:06

    I very much doubt if COPE will ever regain its formative form which at the time, looked "awesome". Then the Bishop, the former Premier, the former Defence Minister, etc. etc. etc. did not know who should call the shots...

  • Andile - 2012-05-08 17:51

    Why is Shilowa so stubborn? Didn't he save enough money the time he still had a chance? Perhaps he should just go back to being a security, I guess he was good at that. Obviously his political future was never guaranteed as with all other politician's. In essence I'm saying, Shilowa you made your bed now sleep brother sleep.

  • samuel.misemengo - 2012-05-08 17:58

    Poor Shilowa... what now...?!? "I've cursed the ANC, and my allied comrade is dumping me... is this the end of my political career... with the ANC, I was in Heaven, with COPE even Hell finds me Unworthy... should I hang myself... I badly need a Pastor if not a Psychologist... this is unbearable..." Hahahahahahahah... Lesson to young politicians; Politics are not a career, get yourself some marketable skills...!!!

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-05-08 18:15

    I think Shilowa can combine flawlessly with Malema to form a powerful opposition party, or an independant trade union.

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-05-08 18:22

    cope is died

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-08 20:11

    It is Cope! Who cares?

      chris.greenland.9 - 2012-05-09 10:21

      Vernon --- we were all so very surprised at the support that COPE got in the last elections despite its ramshackle status at that time. Now that it has sorted out this idiot do not write COPE off lightly, just as it was unwise for the ANC to write off the DA in the Western Cape, or Thabo Mbeki discounting the Zuma challenge. COPE really has nothing to lose. It can only gain, considering the really bad performance of the ANC on any number of counts.

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