Relaunch or disband Cope - Dexter

2011-05-26 13:37

Johannesburg - Congress of the People communications chief Phillip Dexter has proposed that the party relaunch itself or disband, The Times said on Thursday.

"Dexter has proposed in a confidential document circulated among party leaders that Cope should relaunch itself or disband," the newspaper reported.

In a 19-page draft report titled "COPEing with the Crisis in the Congress of the People: Our Responsibility in the National Democratic Revolution" Dexter apparently said the party had degenerated into "a culture that mimicked the worst found in the ANC".

Dexter reportedly claimed that party election lists were manipulated in 2009 and 2011 and that Cope funds were abused in Parliament by the party's co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa, by Cope provincial leaders and in the party headquarters, controlled by the party's president Mosiuoa Lekota.

The article quoted a party source saying that Dexter's document was the "first shot fired in the leadership contest between Dexter and Lekota" although in an interview, Lekota said he did not see Dexter's document as an indication that he wanted to be party president.

The party won 2.33% of the vote in last week's elections and faced the "impossible choice" of deciding whether to go into a coalition with the DA or ANC in hung municipal councils, the newspaper reported.

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-26 13:44

    I have a better idea. Why not simply join the DA, huh?! Sounds good to me! It was obvious from the beginning that COPE simply couldn't cope!

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 13:54

      I have even better one...come home children of the African National Congress. We understands that you made a huge mistake.

      steve - 2011-05-26 14:14

      Yeah, I agree let them go back to the ANC, the DA won't tolerate this messy bunch.

      Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-26 15:21

      Guys stop jump openning your mouhts and riht things tha are far related to the topic. YOU'RE NOT FORCED TO COMMENT EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW IF WHAT TO SAY. "VIVA COPE VIVA"!!!

  • ?????? - 2011-05-26 14:05

    COPE should rid itself of these ANC agents who cause havoc inside.Suddenly everything appears quiet as the elections have come and gone. The DA is a white man's party,so theres certainly a place for COPE going forward

      RIMRIM - 2011-05-26 14:21

      All ways about race, Some people will never understand right from wrong! Your idiotic mentality..Forgot which party has better policies and which does a better job at governing. Vote ANC because it is a black party. I choose corruption over common sense.

      sainsaudi - 2011-05-26 14:27

      Um! Look at the leadership of the DA and you will see a black woman, a white woman and a coloured woman. Al who's needed is an Indian woman and that covers the whole race spectrum. Unfortunately for you, we in the DA don't actually look at that, but I raise it because you did, we look at policies that have been successful so far in DA controlled areas, many of which have black majorities. The policies of Affirmative Action are a failure, and have chased away a lot of investment, BEE is basically cadre deployment in the private sector, our education system is in a mess and cannot produce the numbers of skilled people needed to promote full employment, the labour laws are draconian and chase away investment, the economy is a consumer economy not a producing economy, and the ANC is stuck in a 1900s mindset that still believes that communism, another economic and social engineering disaster like apartheid, is the answer.You are the racist. Get over it and come over to the Blue Wave of Democracy.

      ?????? - 2011-05-26 14:39

      LMFAO @ the blue wave of democracy,maaan that was funny,but you forget one thing and that is that because of colonialism and apartheid,whites have no credibility in the eyes of the black south african.The labour laws in SA are not draconian,but seek to prevent exploitation of ordinary south africans,regardless of colour,like some of these mining firms who dont pay their staff,or pay them peanuts,firms that are majority owned by WHITE people,do u really expect blacks to vote for the DA? Seriously????? The DA has a coloured woman,a jewish woman and a black woman on their poster,so what?

  • - 2011-05-26 14:06

    Can't COPE any more, hey?

  • IandI - 2011-05-26 14:07

    You cannot disband Cope,Mr Dexter! We enjoy watching a good fight every now and then..for free.Politics will be boring without the Rumble in the Jungle..seconds out..round 200 of Lekota Vs Shilowa:-)

  • DirtyDog - 2011-05-26 14:08

    Started as a breath of fresh air in SA politics when they launched the party. Now with all the egotistical in-fighting, they have become a joke! I would suggest that they rather disband and either form separate parties, or join one of the mainstream parties. Shilowa would have been a formidable candidate for the Gauteng (either Pta or Jhb) areas if the DA could have gotten him.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-26 14:38

      Couldn't agree more...At their inaugural convention in Bloem, I had real hope for a formidable opposition...alas..

  • roboman1 - 2011-05-26 14:16

    Its obviously the worst of the ANC bickering, they anyway are all deeply ANC inside out, why do you think they cannot manage or run anyhting, just like the ruling ANC. Corrupt and vrot

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-26 14:23

    The 2% Party. No, I don't think the DA wants has-beens from the ANC.

  • Muzi - 2011-05-26 14:28

    COPE, IFP, DA, FF+, UDM,PAC, AZAPO, UCDP, etc should all form one party so we can have 38% strong opposition. With some expirienced politicians from all these parties the new party will have mixture of race groups and political opinions. Because their main problem at the moment is they are all single opinion parties (detactorships) run buy "Leaders for Life". If they form one party they will pay more attention to democratic first principles like internal elections. Unless this happens or Jesus returns (whichever comes first), the ANC will enjoy 60%+ power. But them again, do you see Zille, Lekota, Holomisa, Buthelezi, or Mulder showing leadership quality and allowing a free and fair elective conference. NO, never gonna happen. All of them are "kings". Pity SA suffers. Though I support ANC, but I wish we had credible opposition to us in check, not only by yelling loud but practically by opposing bills (info bill for e.g.).

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 14:37

      Good idea Muzi, but I don't see that happening in this lifetime. 1. They don't share a vision, can't be consolidated to 1 common vision. 2. they all thick and big headed...Power hungry mongers. I'm still looking for a strong opposition to seat on ANC's heels...but that party can't be DA.

  • homani.shaun - 2011-05-26 14:33

    If they want to join Darkies Aside (DA) they can do that @ their own peril. They will be bunch of fools till they resign like that fool Joe Seremane. Lindiwe Mazibuko too is a puppet for Madam Zingara

      ?????? - 2011-05-26 14:42

      That Lindiwe with her FAKE british accent is just too funny.I also get the impression that shes just a puppet for whites in the DA and that she wants to be a white woman.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-26 14:36

    Disband immediately...COPE will never have any credibility anymore !!! The DA is the official opposition, so the answer is quite simple....

      ?????? - 2011-05-26 14:43

      the DA is the official opposition but flippen weak if u ask me.They have reached a ceiling in their support.Winning cape town wasnt a victory,it was expected.The ANC sadly,is STILL above 60%

  • Pork - 2011-05-26 14:42

    I didn’t know that the DA clan is so desperate for votes, what a shame. You want the corrupt COPE people to join your party, so that they can teach you how to be corrupt, you can take them, the ANC don’t need sell-outs and ANC is not desperate for votes. They can join the IFP for all we care…….keep on showing your desperation… lolest

      StaalBurgher - 2011-05-26 16:09

      You are an idiot. This is a COPE spokesman saying this, not a DA one. Christ all-mighty! If you people can't even read an article properly no wonder this country isn't getting anywhere.

  • Pork - 2011-05-26 15:00

    I didn’t know that the DA clan is so desperate for votes, what a shame. You want the corrupt COPE people to join your party, so that they can teach you how to be corrupt, you can take them, the ANC don’t need sell-outs and ANC is not desperate for votes. They can join the IFP for all we care…….keep on showing your desperation…..coz we are laughing all the way to the voting stations to vote for the ANC…… lolest

      Honest - 2011-05-26 15:59

      Pork , it is idiots like you that make the ANC look idiotic as an organisation. When people are not satisfied with something in the party you reason with them and not insult them like you are doing now . If those that left the movement consider making peace with the ANC , who are you to insult them , where did you learn your politics ?

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-26 15:25

    .........and people pease this dear of you will get the BAD LUCK from these BIG MOUTHS of you just like it happened to the rulling "cANCer". WE SALUTE MAMA ZILE. Let the good work continue and stop stressing about our COPE comrades. VIVA!

      Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-26 15:28

      Darkies Aside (DA)LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

      Roundana - 2011-05-26 16:25

      just go back to school and learn to write in English and leave politics alone...

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