Northern Cape Cope frustrates ANC

2012-02-23 21:30

Bloemfontein - The ANC on Thursday expressed frustration over a successful court action by Cope to stop the Northern Cape's state-of-the-province debate in Kimberley.

Provincial African National Congress spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said the Congress of the People had a tendency to resolve matters through the courts. "Clearly this is a political party that is overwhelmed by the political terrain."

Cope earlier successfully applied for an urgent court interdict to stop ANC chairperson and Finance MEC John Block from having unlimited time during the debate.

The order stopped the state-of-the-province debate in the legislature.

Nkompela said attacks on the ANC, and especially Block, had sunk to a new level with Cope. He said the court order was a sign of intellectual inferiority.

"This is borne out by the letters from Cope lawyers that clearly spell out their fear of speaking before him."

Nkompela said any political party with substantive views and integrity would not fear to speak anywhere on a list of speakers.

Cope provincial chairperson Fred Wyngaard said opposition parties tried unsuccessfully to get the ANC to adhere to the rules of the provincial legislature regarding the speaker's list for the debate.

He said ANC Chief Whip Kagiso Molusi drew up the list for Thursday's debate without consulting the opposition whips. The opposition refused to sign the list.

Speaker Jacobus van Wyk confirmed he adjourned the sitting on the debate to study the court order. He said the court order pre-empted his own ruling on the matter.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-23 21:48


      msendi - 2012-02-24 09:09

      That is an insult comrade… order…

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-23 21:48

    Is this Block guy not the one who is said to have stolen millions from the people? This obviously is OK with the ANC. Good on Cope.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-02-23 22:08

    Nice work Cope! Will done! Now what you need to do is work with the DA to obtain a bigger and better opposition. Who knows.. in a few years your and other smaller parties may be ruling and fixing this current circus we have to endure. Keep up the good work.

  • Allan - 2012-02-23 22:15

    Well done COPE. At last we are seeing positive news items. keep up the good work and the growth of the party.

  • Kedibone Lebea - 2012-02-23 23:13

    COnfused PEople r @ it again *yawning*next cope conference wil b sitting in court with th jury presiding on the leadership thy shud grow up alrdy

      Peter - 2012-02-24 03:02

      When contributing to News24 or any other public forum, may I suggest that you use English and not cell-phone text? It will more accurately convey the sense of intellect you seem to have.

      msendi - 2012-02-24 09:15

      @PeterAlan… Because English is the only language you can use to accurately convey the sense of intellect you have? Thats why it is easy for some people in this blog to call those who differ with their opinions by retards, morons and all those kind of words…

  • Mark - 2012-02-23 23:33

    If the ANC is going to support leaders like the crooked gangster, John Block, who was going to talk in riddles anyway, then well done the Opposition.

  • Tony - 2012-02-24 06:07

    ANC stupidity frustrates the crap outa me

  • Mirasie - 2012-02-24 10:02

    Nou is daar seker 2 opposisie partye...hopelik kan hulle goed saam werk

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