Juan Duval Uys joins Cope

2009-02-04 17:30

Johannesburg - Self-appointed former leader of the recently-resurrected National Party, Juan Duval Uys has joined Cope, he announced on Wednesday.

"With my defection from the NP to Cope, my mood went from depression to that of excitement," said Uys, who is currently involved in a legal wrangle over the leadership of the NP.

On Wednesday, Uys alleged that 42 out of the party's 50 top officials had followed him to the Congress of the People as well as all of the party's paid-up members.

He also claimed paid-up members had demanded their membership fees back.

"With a bank saldo [balance] of R581.35, the NP will find it very difficult to compete in the upcoming elections.

"With Cope now established on the South African political arena, no other party can claim a loyal support base any more," said Uys.

On Monday, an application to clarify the NP's leadership was heard in the Cape High Court and postponed to Thursday.

The application was brought by a faction led by former Cape Town city councillors, Achmat Williams and Abdullar Omar, against Uys to interdict Uys from claiming to be the party's president.

The NP was revived last year after Uys, David Sasman and Omar left the National People's Party.