Lekota behaving 'like Gbagbo'

2011-01-21 22:08

Johannesburg - The faction allied to Cope co-founder Mbazhima Shilowa has likened rival Mosiuoa Lekota to Ivory Coast leader, Laurent Gbagbo.

"He does not want to let go... he is behaving like Laurant Gbagbo," said spokesperson Sipho Ngwema on Friday.

Gbagbo has refused to step down as president after the country's election authority announced he lost the elections in November last year.

The Congress of the People's national committee (CNC) had not taken a decision to subject Shilowa to disciplinary action, Ngwema said.

Ngwema was responding to Lekota's spokesperson, Phillip Dexter, who in a statement said Shilowa's disciplinary hearing for financial mismanagement, misrepresentation and bringing the party into disrepute would go ahead on January 31.

"Phillip does not speak for anyone at Cope," Ngwema said.

Dexter also announced that the party's working committee met on Friday to prepare for a CNC meeting on Saturday.

"The meeting noted the ongoing attempts by... Mbhazima Shilowa, to illegally install himself as the president of the party," he said.

"This issue... the illegal blockade of the party HQ by Shilowa and his breakaway faction, as well as the preparations for the reconvening of the National Congress... were all canvassed at the meeting and recommendations prepared for the CNC meeting."

The ANC-breakaway party has been plagued by a power struggle between Lekota and Shilowa. Both men currently claim to be the legitimate party president.

According to the Lekota faction, Cope's chaotic elective conference in December was abandoned due to violence and disruptions.

The Shilowa camp however claims the conference held a legitimate election and that a new leadership was appointed.

Ngwema said Lekota had been trying unsuccessfully to convene a CNC meeting for the past three weeks.

He said the former ANC heavyweight was given seven days to clear out his office at the Cope headquarters.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-21 23:13

    Eish, i just cannot Cope with all this stuff, she does my head in.

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-01-22 04:15

    Hey hey woa guys!!!..... Fuuuuuuck!! If I was Terror Lekota right now I would SERIOUSLY be feeling badly dissed bru, after all Laurant Gbagbo is just a rooky in this whole political regime hi-jacking shit ok! So let me tell you people... if I was going to be compared to someone who aggressively persue's illegal installation, then at least let it be the one and only...the king of... " I WON'T LET GO TILL I DIE " (or at least till there's nothing left for anyone else) MISterrrrrr.....Robert 'DOH!!MOCRACY' Mugabe AFRICA'S LONGEST LIVING LAND PIRATE!!

  • churchil - 2011-01-22 14:52

    what is Shilowa still doing in Lekota` s party, does he not have skills to pursue other intersts-money only comes from Lekota` s accounts?

  • COPEexpress - 2011-01-23 08:53

    Mbhazima Shilowa is the president of COPE, he was elected by delegates check the credentials oh and yes they recahed quorum. In all the provinces that supported Mbhazima going to congress Terror has formed parrallel structures and in provinces that supported him there are no parallel structures.Provinces resolved in the aborted congress of May2010 that Mghumbi will lead them so I don't understand this shock that Dexter has when provinces implement what they agreed upon. Mbhazima will lead the progressive agenda of hope and change.

  • bafana malaza - 2011-01-23 20:40

    Bafana Malaza Cope was never going to stand the test of time ! The power mongering vampires that formed it regard themselves as god's greatest gift to our country. these two bigots have long reached their sell by dates and should have been cremated long ago.

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