Lekota expels Shilowa

2011-02-08 14:13

Johannesburg - Cope co-founder Mosiuoa Lekota on Tuesday expelled his rival Mbhazima Shilowa from the party after an internal disciplinary hearing - in which Shilowa refused to participate - found him guilty of mismanaging parliamentary funds.

The hearing found Shilowa guilty of wrongfully authorising the transfer of R5m from the parliamentary allowance accounts to Cope party accounts and of submitting the party's financial statements to Parliament knowing that they contained "material misrepresentations".

It also found him guilty of authorising a payment of over R2m for purposes that were not legitimate or permissible.

Shilowa has consistently denied the allegations and refused to participate in the disciplinary process.

He and Lekota have been locked in a battle for leadership of the party for months. There is still no clarity on who is actually the party's president.

'A sorry series of events'

"The necessary administrative processes to give effect to this decision have been implemented and Parliament has been informed of this decision," Lekota-aligned Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter said on Tuesday in releasing the findings of the disciplinary hearing.

"This is an unfortunate outcome of a sorry series of events," he said in a statement.

Dexter said the disciplinary committee finalised its report at the weekend after a week spent processing the evidence presented in its hearing.

In the report, the chairperson said: "As Mr Shilowa has not offered an account of what went wrong and why, the party would be entitled to conclude that it has lost all trust and confidence in Shilowa. I recommend that he be expelled from the party with immediate effect."

Shilowa claimed the presidency after a chaotic elective conference in Pretoria at the end of 2010.

Lekota claims the conference was abandoned after violent clashes between his supporters and those of Shilowa.

Since then, both have claimed to be the party's legitimate president. Neither faction admits that there has been a split.

Shilowa could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday, nor could the Shilowa-aligned acting general secretary Nikiwe Num.

  • matla - 2011-02-08 14:51

    its about time Terror, and to complete the process you must also resign, you are surplus- in other words not needed.

  • Mzi - 2011-02-08 15:26

    Before Shilowa resign from the ANC he said "I rather go and work with the DA" will DA accept him? and/or will the ANC forgive him, should he think of going back to the ANC. May he must maybe join the newly formed NFP.

  • Banki-Moon - 2011-02-08 15:35

    I wonder where is that white man who came all the way from Thabazimbi to join cope when it was launched. Is he still member of cope?

      Other Justin - 2011-02-08 16:27

      Probably not, like the ANC, COPE has mislead many people black, white, pink and blue by their promises and lies, just a normal sad, depressing state of affairs in beautiful SA.

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-08 15:42

    Lekota Well done. Get rid of the party hijacker called Shilowa. Sort out the COPE party. The ANC door is still wide open for you to come back. We will welcome you with open arms baba wethu. In African politics we do not make permanent enemies. What you should seek is bring COPE as COPE in a form of coalition to represent the views of those who are opposed to our ANC party rewarding comrades on the basis of what they did in the past. We all know your mistake was taking the Mbeki issue too seriously and personal. You can always come back. We will support you all the way baba Lekota. I can tell you we are all trying to fight the corruption within the ANC because we acknowledge the fact that it exists and that it is killing the party and the country. But jumping ship, to go where? By the way, did you know that Mbeki voted for the ANC in the last National elections? Just when he was about to cast his vote, he thought for second, reflected a bit, cried and did the right thing. You can go ask him. He voted for the ANC baba Lekota.

  • summerskye6 - 2011-02-08 16:26

    Thank you Lekota for your patience, You stood the test of time. Thank you for expelling this anarchist Shilowa and saving our beloved party. May God give you more wisdom & strength to do more.

  • the rock - 2011-02-08 16:54

    i am sure that Lekota and his ilk know very well that they dont represent the real cope. You were twice outvoted. I want to vote for cope but not yours. You cant impose yourself on the people. You do not have the authority to expel Mbhazima. Only fools will believe you.Your support, even in this forum, is mostly from the enemies of the real cope.

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