Shilowa must pay legal fees - Cope

2011-06-08 10:36

Johannesburg - Mbhazima Shilowa's house will be auctioned off unless he pays Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota's legal fees, the party's head of communication said on Wednesday.

"The sheriff has gone to attach the property and then he [Shilowa] is given the opportunity to pay the money," Phillip Dexter said.

"If he does not pay then the house will be auctioned off."

This was a decision handed down by the South Gauteng High Court, he said.

Legal challenge

At a weekend congress in May 2010, delegates passed a vote of no confidence in Lekota as president of the Congress of the People (Cope) and elected Shilowa, who was deputy president, as acting president.

Lekota challenged the vote of no confidence in court, claiming it was an illegal process which was not meant to take place at the conference.

The vote was taken after Lekota obtained an interdict preventing the congress from holding elections.

Judge Rami Mathopo ruled that the conference which passed the vote of no confidence in Lekota was illegal.

Shilowa was prevented from interfering with Cope MPs in Parliament and ordered to pay Lekota's legal costs.

Dexter said there were a number of cases where it was ordered that Shilowa pay the legal fees.

Ordered to pay legal fees

"There were a number of cases, on at least four or five of them he [Shilowa] was ordered to pay the legal fees," he said.

Shilowa's spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said Shilowa did not know anything about his house being attached because he did not receive a letter of demand.

"We are not aware of anything," he said.

"He [Shilowa] was never served with papers saying he must pay. No house has been attached."

Ngwema said Shilowa would not be taking the matter further.

"They gave the story to the Times not him [Shilowa] so we are not aware of anything and nothing is going to happen to him," Ngwema said.

  • Santapola - 2011-06-08 10:42

    It will be best to join the DA to be a garden will serve you ryt botie

      Ntebo More - 2011-06-08 11:08

      did they fire you as a garden boy at DA? shame what are you doing now, shoe cleaner?

      onetickie - 2011-06-08 11:18

      DA won't want him or any other person with a garden.

      Barry - 2011-06-08 13:08

      @ Santapola Now that`s a good idea !

  • Mswati - 2011-06-08 11:01

    It's cold out there Mr Shilowa, swallow your pride and go back to the ANC

  • camelthief - 2011-06-08 11:07

    come on COPE, get past this nonsense !

  • onetickie - 2011-06-08 11:17

    I thought he'd get away with it so this is good/positive news. A rare and pleasant change.

  • Nutzman - 2011-06-08 11:18

    Go back to been a security guard at the Star newspaper

  • crocodile - 2011-06-08 11:33

    can you believe this was once the premier of Gauteng.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-08 11:41

    Relaunch COPE !!!

  • diode - 2011-06-08 11:43

    Excellent let the bloody ANC agent pay up, but the ANC will probably pay his legal fees as it was them who used him to break up cope, I hope Lekota can get cope back on its feet because if the ANC keeps striving for racial devide their supporters have an alternative party to vote for that is'nt so corrupt. Well done cope for flushing this scum out of their party.

      mike - 2011-06-08 12:09

      it will be the tax payer pay his legal fees - lets face facts

      Chris - 2011-06-08 13:00

      @ Diode what does this has to do with d ANC, or u jut have a problem with the organisation? As long as u're stil in this country ANC will govern until u died and come back again.

      diode - 2011-06-08 15:03

      Chris because i would'nt put it past the ANC as they have filty tactics just for example : if you vote anc you will go to heaven, racist comments like from manyeni and malema, anc supporting these racist comments and supporting the singing songs of killing minority groups, corruption in all departments etc etc. the anc was scared that cope could take a lot of their support that is why they used shilowa to break up the party. Mandela fought hard for equal rights and unity in our country but the anc flushed it all down the toilet when mandelastepped down, i think he will be real dissapointed in what the party stands for today. So cry a river because the truth hurts.

      diode - 2011-06-08 15:07

      O Chris and by the way if i die i wont be coming back to earth as the Bible teaches me and i wont have to put up with a racistpt government anymore.

  • eradingoana - 2011-06-08 11:49

    Shilowa should just take his supporters to DA and they will provide him with a position. Cope is going down the drain as Lekota is looking at what is best for him. He should have learnt a lesson on what caused it to be defeated by new NFP.

  • colin - 2011-06-08 12:01

    Pay up and then p!ss off. Waste of time.

  • OLIBO - 2011-06-08 12:04

    What has happened to people like Lekota and Shilowa is a shame. I keep asking myself what went wrong with our former activists. I remember the days of the UDF with Lekota working tirelessly for the people and Shilowa as a union leader. Did they forget where they come from or is materialism so strong that a comrade would destroy another comrade for money? Is this what we they sacrificed for? Is this what black liberation was about? We may have dealt with apartheid but black against black hatred is the worse form of discrimination. Had people like Mbeki, Lekota, Shilowa,and many others stayed in the ANC after Polokwane things would be different. Five years is enough for leadership to prove themselves worthy of election or face the consequences of poor performance. With what is currently happening with Zuma and Guptas; Malema and tenders; Faku; Shiceka; Cele; the list is endless; the Mangaung conference in 2012 would be an opportunity for change.

  • Allan Mather - 2011-06-08 13:15

    COPE is on the verge of a nation-wide transformation, moles and agents have and will continue to be removed from the ranks. Under the leadership of president Lekota, supported by many thousands of loyal members throughout the country, COPE will survive and is currently rebuilding and preparing for the 2014 elections. Incorruptible, unstoppable, a new agenda for change and hope for all our people, COPE is the political "home" for all thinking South Africans.

      TJ - 2011-06-08 13:33

      Whatever is done has to have direction and what kind of a structure is cope that restructures without a democratically elected leader? All parties who participate in any election in RSA has to have at least president of course elected by the people no wonder you slided from 11% percent all the way down to 2.4% ag shame. Shilowa come back home my brother it is cold out there. Cope will never die but will cease to exist slowly just like UDM, PAC, ID, and others.

  • DeonL - 2011-06-08 13:52

    Some leaders and followers have a mentality of non payment. It started with the boycots in the apartheid's era, like "no education before liberation" should be scrapped now.

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  • bosegoos - 2011-06-08 14:39

    Why is there a distinction between Shilowa and Judge Hlope? I feel that both of them were the architects of their own dilemmas and should therefor be responsible for any legal costs incurred by them. If this principle is applied consistently, there will be fewer litigation anbd will it serve as a deterrent in that they will think twice before acting in a silly way.

  • Cayllex - 2011-06-08 14:50

    Sad..should establish his own.."SCOPE"

  • crocodile - 2011-06-08 15:12

    OLIBO you are correct . I cant wait for that conference in Mangaung next year. Every one can see that the knives are out. I think what ever is happening is signaling the beginning of the new era

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