DA talks part of reason Dexter left Cope

2012-01-04 20:39

Cape Town - Philip Dexter said on Wednesday his return to the ANC three years after defecting was due in part to Cope's quest for co-operation with the Democratic Alliance.

"That was part of it, though it was not the only reason," Dexter told Sapa a day after announcing he was leaving the Congress of the People, of which he has been a founding member, MP and spokesman.

He cited Cope's protracted internal battles as one of the main reasons for quitting the party formed in 2008 by Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa, now sworn enemies.

Dexter will resign his seat in the National Assembly as soon as Parliament reconvened, but said there were no plans yet for him to play any particular role in the African National Congress.

"I'm an ordinary branch member. I'm officially unemployed. It's been a rough ride and I'm going to take some time out to sort out my life."

Dexter said he had applied to the University of Cape Town to continue his studies. He holds a doctorate in religious studies.

Lekota in November invited all opposition parties to talks on forming "a credible, effective alternative to the ruling party", but denied he wanted to merge with the DA.

Dexter, a staunch ally of Lekota, in May drafted a 19-page document that detailed Cope's internal disarray. But in it he also said Cope was "here to stay", called for solidarity in its ranks and criticised those who focused on the party's shortcomings.

Upon quitting, he said Cope was ridden with factionalism, maladministration and even corruption, and added that the ANC's strengths outweighed its weaknesses.

Dexter, who fell out bitterly with SA Communist Party boss Blade Nzimande when he accused him of taking funds destined for the communist party's coffers, said he was prepared to answer for any criticism he had of the ANC in the past.

"I still think there are challenges and problems in the ANC. But I am prepared to answer for everything I have said in the past. I have apologised to anybody I may have caused any offence, but I stand by my principles."

His 2008 resignation letter to the ruling party was scathing of the ousting of former president Thabo Mbeki and what he termed the ANC's "dishonesty".

Cope has bled support since the 2009 elections when it won around eight percent of the vote.

  • TamaraSays - 2012-01-04 20:51

    Politicians who can be bought shouldn't be in politics.

  • Moss - 2012-01-04 20:53

    Dear God, please make me a born-again Politician, preferably ANC. They seem to know where the buck is. After all you directed whole lot to the greener side of Canan

  • Thandiwe - 2012-01-04 21:41

    Philip who?

      Moss - 2012-01-04 21:47


  • Comrade - 2012-01-04 21:56

    If Nobody wants you - Join the ANC~!!!!

      Makatikamusona - 2012-01-04 22:17

      Join a wining team comrade.

  • Kevin - 2012-01-04 22:01

    Dexter is a career politician. Cope is useless, he does not make the grade to join the DA, so what's left...

  • Sam - 2012-01-05 04:47

    Complaining about disarray is one thing. Complaining about talks with the DA is the very opposite. Either Dexter is a very confused person, or desperately in need of a job (deployment)

  • Roy - 2012-01-05 05:50

    Dexter,if you think that people are going to believe that this was your reason for going back to the ANC,you must be a bigger moron than what you think people are. You went back to join a bunch of corrupt ANC officials because you were out of work and because noboby else would give you a"job". The ANC is prepared to give anyone a job to make themselves look good.

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-05 06:12

    It seems as if the trend is that political parties are more important than government and the people of the country that need to be served. We need political parties and politicians that represents and serve all the people of our country in the most efficient way, regardless of race or culture, and to be corruption free and have members that are not greedy and self-important. South Africa and it's people must come first.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-05 06:17

      In fact I would like to see this in politicians: Proverbs 3:3 (NIV) Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-05 09:22

      "Today's South Africa looks very different from the one we left behind in 1994," Trevor Manuel, head of the National Planning Commission, said recently. "Yet for many poor South Africans, there is still much that looks the same."

      nspaynter - 2012-01-05 12:36

      Atheitis, I took the quote of Trevor from a newspaper in Pakistan: He is one ANC leader I have a lot of respect for. Another quote from Pakistani newspaper is the following: "For decades, activists in the ANC were jailed and exiled as terrorists. Now its top brass are titans of South African politics and business, in lives far removed from ordinary members."

  • swavka - 2012-01-05 07:06

    It's all about the money

  • PyroSA - 2012-01-05 08:51

    "he said COPE was ridden with factionalism, maladministration and even corruption" Sounds an awful lot like the ANC actually...

      Jean-Louis - 2012-01-05 11:53

      Yes but COPE is a breakaway from the cANCer

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-05 09:40

    Politics like good corporate governance should also prevent ex employees from being re-employed. After his to and fro can anyone really trust him?

  • Sello - 2012-01-05 10:37


      Mantsho - 2012-01-18 23:23

      Yes indeed.

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-18 21:04

    The DA will be making a fundemental political blunder by taking cope which is destined to political dustbin.Cope is a one man party

  • Abram - 2012-01-20 11:14

    ANC has done good Job in 17 yrs compare to those who rule for over 50 yrs and now they are the ones who complains.they are jelous and evil.Can they do us favour and swim to a plce where they think is better than SA,because in Zim we don't want them

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-13 20:07

    Cope is dead so far how many high profile members have left? a lot starting with Mbhazima, Ms Lyndal and others Lekota will be alone in parliament next time without members and at the end also lose that seat and go to DA empty handed.

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