Lekota re-elected Cope president

2014-01-11 16:03

Johannesburg - Mosiuoa Lekota was re-elected as Cope president on Saturday during the party's national congress in Boksburg.

Congress of the People spokesperson Johann Abrie said in a statement that over 700 delegates, representing Cope's provincial, youth and regional structures, voted to elect the party's leadership.

Lekota said: "I am honoured to have been elected as president of Cope and I vow to uphold the ideals of the organisation and to do everything in my power to guide it to its rightful place in South African politics.

"Never before has opposition to the ruling party been more necessary in our country, and I will work tirelessly within Cope structures to ensure robust, game-changing opposition."

No one ran against Lekota for the position of party president.

Former Congress of SA Trade Unions president Willie Madisha was elected deputy president, Lyndall Shope-Mafole was elected general secretary, Deidre Carter was elected deputy general secretary and Johnny Huang was elected party treasurer.

"Following an amendment to the party’s constitution, the party resolved to create the position of party chairperson," Abrie said.

Pakes Dikgetsi was elected to fulfil this position.

"We have demonstrated clearly that Cope is a mature organisation that is vibrant and ready to campaign for a better future for all South Africans."

On Friday, the North GautengHigh Court in Pretoria dismissed a last-minute bid by former Congress of the People deputy leader Mbhazima Shilowa and members aligned to him to stop the party's national elective congress from going ahead.

The Shilowa and Lekota factions have been involved in a battle about the leadership of the party since 2010, but the court ruled in favour of Lekota in October.

Shilowa's application for leave to appeal against the October ruling has been set down for hearing on 24 January.

  • Citizen1 - 2014-01-11 16:27

    It is good that Lekota is now the president of Cope because this consolidates opposition to the real enemy of SA: ANC. Shilowa must either join Agang SA, the new NUMSA party or EFF.

  • David Masango - 2014-01-11 16:27

    dis lekota guy has know plans to take forward cope,they should have fired him his useless.

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-11 16:33

    no one ran against lekota for fear of ending up like shilowa.

  • Musa KamaShobane - 2014-01-11 16:43

    What a farce and waste of energy

  • Colin Nelson - 2014-01-11 16:43

    Terror Lekota?;;;;;;;;;

  • Jan Henning - 2014-01-11 17:27

    PatricK Lekota has more integrity in his one hand than the ANC leadership and JZ combined. If Shilowa stops his nonsense and leave, COPE could set a viable alternative to the ANC.

      Ntshengedzeni Patrick Mudau - 2014-01-11 17:48

      In ur dream, that will never happen even in a million years

  • Motshidisi Mokone Maja - 2014-01-11 17:31

    Lekota + Malema + Zille Vs Zuma Interesting

  • Puckson Sibusiso Gumede - 2014-01-11 17:31

    Not newsworthy at all and a sheer waste of time and resources!

  • Sean Lock - 2014-01-11 17:31

    I can't wait for elections. Looks like anc is gonna become xnz right at the back of the line. Well done mr president you have destroyed Mr Mandelas vision in only 8 yrs. Hats off to you.

      John Butler - 2014-01-11 18:10

      I love zuma, he has finally levelled the playing field for opposition parties.

  • Motse Pule Waga Letlole - 2014-01-11 21:15

    Terror Lekota, president of COPE until Jesus comes

  • Mhlts Petrus - 2014-01-11 22:57

    Johnny huang treasurea,lekota is a skelem,huang is the co owner of letsatsi finance,they brought him in so that they can claim that they don't hav private donor we a watching u liars.

  • Mbulelo Maqungo - 2014-01-12 20:50

    Just wondering if like Goerge Bush, he was re-elected to fix the mess he created or the members are turning a blind eye or just dumb.

  • Jeremiah Molokele - 2014-01-29 13:08

    Cope is in good hands.

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