Start of Cope conference delayed

2010-12-16 14:08

Johannesburg - Cope's elective conference had not started on Thursday morning, apparently due to problems with registering delegates, the SABC reported.

The event, which was meant to have started on Wednesday, was halted by the illegal pre-loading of delegates' names onto a database for the conference, the party's deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa told the broadcaster.

The conference, if it got underway, would pit Shilowa against party leader Mosiuoa Lekota. It would be the organisation's first elective conference.

Amid speculation of a divorce within the party, members had to change the registration spot on Wednesday because the Pretoria facility had been booked for a wedding.

Congress of the People spokesperson Philip Dexter said: "We had booked this venue for the day. They have a wedding, but didn't know there would be so many people, so we are moving to the hall."

The party has had a stormy time since its formation in 2008.

Coming out of a breakaway from the ANC by veterans Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George, it did relatively well in the elections the following year, in spite of the last minute re-defection to the ANC of its election strategist.

Since then it appeared to have been troubled by leadership disagreements between Lekota and Shilowa, some of which played out in court and Parliament and have included hints at financial impropriety.

The party aborted an attempt to elect new leadership in May this year when Lekota obtained a court interdict to halt proceedings.

  • Fred - 2010-12-16 15:01

    AMAZING ..... Second conference in one week that cannot get started, first the ANC Youth League-led "anti-imperialism" conference and now COPE. These are people who want to lead this country, when in effect, they couldn't even lead each other to the toilet. How do these absolutely useless people get into leadership positions. I personally think this country is doomed, and the worst thing is that ordinary people like us can do nothing about it because the masses will continue to vote corrupt and useless idiots into power.

      Ike - 2010-12-16 17:08

      u c fred, i believe if u feel u can do better stop being ordinary become extra ordinary the country needs you.we cannot continue 2 point fingers & do nothing.surely these "useless people" took leadership positions because the gap left by esteem people like dont look away ....take action.

      Arnold - 2010-12-17 09:35

      If you feel this country is led by idiots why not go to a country that is led by clever people such as geroge Bush who led the US and plunged the world into a crisis of the magnitude we all do not want to imagine. People like you have selective memories and have been brainwashed to the extent that you can only see beauty outside the African continent whereas Europe and the US which are your models of good governance and democracy are fucked because of gross mismanagement. Good luck in your pessimism.

  • Hendrik - 2010-12-16 20:01

    Why am I not surprised? This is this Mickey Mouse Country. Sorry not Banana Republic - a banana has more worth than some of the clowns.

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