The fate of suspended Congress of the People (Cope) co-founders, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George, and administrative whip Lolo Mashiane would still be decided, party spokesperson Philip Dexter said today.
“They have been suspended, but the congress national committee is meeting over the weekend and will consider the disciplinary steps that will be taken,” he said.
Cope was formed in a blaze of publicity after Mosiuoa Lekota, Shilowa and George announced their “divorce” from the ANC in 2008.
Certain ANC members were divided over support for ousted former president Thabo Mbeki, charging that the ruling party had lost many of its founding values.
After a good showing at the 2009 elections with former Methodist Bishop Mvume Dandala mysteriously presented as their candidate for leader in Parliament, Cope has fallen into disarray, with the courts being called on to referee leadership disputes.
Last week Shilowa was removed as Cope’s chief whip in Parliament and Mashiane as the party’s administrative whip.
The party cited questions over an audit of the party’s financial concerns for the Shilowa suspension.
Mashiane was suspended because she allegedly refused to co-operate with KPMG for an audit.
Dexter said Shilowa and George were suspended from their positions of leadership in the party yesterday.
This comes amid allegations that they made statements that had brought the party into disrepute.
These included a statement that the national office bearers were convening a congress on November 5, when it was not a decision of the central national committee, said Dexter.