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Wife packs up for 'distraught' Dandala

By Anna Majavu and Elvis ka Nyelenzi | Jul 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE wife of former Cope parliamentary leader Mvume Dandala has packed up her husband's belongings in Parliament.

Phumzile Dandala arrived yesterday to collect her husband's things because he was reportedly too distraught to collect them himself.

She lashed out at Sowetan for taking photographs of her, and hid her face.

Mvume Dandala resigned from the faction altercation riddled party three weeks ago.

The Mbhazima Shilowa faction did not want to accept his decision, but Dandala apparently insisted on leaving the troubled party.

"Ethically and morally it became untenable for him to cling to that position just to prop up one faction against another. That's not what he came into politics for," a Cope source told Sowetan.

Dandala was appointed Cope's presidential candidate just before the national elections 17 months ago. After the elections he became the party's parliamentary leader.

At the time, the Shilowa faction said that Dandala was a "stop-gap leader" whose appointment would ensure that Mosiuoa Lekota's career came to a quick end. Shilowa was then expected to become president.

"Lekota will retire before 2014. He couldn't have become a backbencher in Parliament after being a cabinet minister. In some ways this is a nice dignified way of treating the question of Lekota's future presence in Parliament," said the source in February last year.

But Lekota is now having the last laugh, with Cope staffers preparing for him to be sworn in as the new Cope parliamentary leader next week.

On Tuesday the Johannesburg high court dismissed the Shilowa faction's bid to stop Lekota from going to Parliament. The application was dismissed with costs.

Dandala is expected to give reasons for his resignation at a media conference in Cape Town today.


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