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By Anna Majavu | 2011-10-31 06:54:04.0 | COMMENTS [ 121 ]

THE Congress of the People wants its members to join the DA following the DA's election last week of its first black parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Sowetan was reliably informed by insiders in both Cope and the DA that Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota has penned a paper in which he calls for increased cooperation with the DA in the Independent Democrats style.

With floor-crossing laws a thing of the past, the ID last year reached an agreement with the DA that its members could take out dual membership of both parties, allowing ID members of parliament to join the DA caucus without losing their seats.

A DA insider said: "Key people will come over to the DA... The extent of cooperation between Cope and the DA, and the goodwill, is a sign that the future of Cope's verligtes, or enlightened ones, is in the DA, including Lekota."

A Cope official backed the story, saying the party was "toast" now that Mazibuko had been elected, and that it would have no choice but to join the DA.

But Lekota told Sowetan Cope's central national committee wanted cooperation with all opposition parties.

"The decision was that I must lead an initiative to engage in discussion with all opposition parties. I drafted a paper saying we must approach the initiative with open minds ... to have a round table discussion ... including the DA, but not only the DA," Lekota said.

"Some of the people (in Cope) might not have taken kindly to this and they might have distorted it in telling you," Lekota said.

Lekota also faces a December court case against his rival, Mbhazima Shilowa, who is opposed to cooperation with the DA.

Shilowa has been out of action since February when Lekota won an interdict preventing him from describing himself as Cope's president.

Shilowa's application to overturn this interdict should have been heard in August but was postponed to December after Lekota's lawyer fell ill.

If he wins the Shilowa faction of Cope "will never assimilate into the DA", its second deputy president, Zale Madonsela, said.

Madonsela said Lekota had initiated last year's co-operation talks between the DA, ID and Cope.

"The DA and ID continued together when our rift intensified but said they would accommodate Lekota later. We support affirmative action and BEE, which Lekota and the DA don't," Madonsela said.

DA federal chairman James Selfe said he was not aware of any bid by Cope to take out DA membership.

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Owami36 - Based on the amount of votes COPE received last election, I dont think lekota can call any shots.

2011-10-31 11:04:48.0 | 0 replies

Not that I'm agains ANC but it's about time ANC gets a strong oposition,maybe then they'll realise they need to take care of their suppoters.

2011-10-31 12:05:30.0 | 0 replies

lekota can go and join DA BUT members wont allow that

2011-10-31 12:08:43.0 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe - "Politically where there are blacks and whites conflicts are ruling."
Not true, because there is lots of conflicts in the ANC, and they are a black-only party.
Do whites and blacks work peacefully?
not really.some end up trying to act superior and wants to tell others what to do but true Africanists quickly remind them to get of their high horse and that doesnt go well with the aryan race.
You deserve a BELL!
thank you sir.ill have the whole bottle

2011-10-31 12:22:05.0 | 0 replies

So finally the DA will be a Black Party......Why try to steal what's already been built Lekota? Just working your way up to get more black votes after you failed from your own baby (Cope).. FF+ must start canvassing for Whites and I think Zille will end up there after 10 years.

2011-10-31 12:26:53.0 | 0 replies

All back people who vote for a white person are insane, finish & klaar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2011-10-31 12:48:58.0 | 0 replies

MabhebezaEC - LOL, you still here going on about 'wit gevaar'?

2011-10-31 12:49:31.0 | 0 replies

I just wonder where this will end

2011-10-31 12:53:17.0 | 0 replies

I see a strong future for us. Let the political winds change direction. The ANC will be seriously challenged in the next election. And in 2019 the control will be in the hands of the current opposition - albeit in coalition.

Then we will see our wonderful country blossom in true democracy, true leadership and proper service delivery.

Only then will we understand how bad the ANC really was for this country.

And we don't need all the ANC votes. So you guys who insist on blindly following the corrupt and incompetent can ma carry on casting your support to the wolves, the majority will make the right decision.

2011-10-31 12:53:48.0 | 0 replies

MabhebezaEC - LOL, you still here going on about 'wit gevaar'?
lol! Whites are harmless my broer, i know you would not survive if you had to go & live in a black township Sinudeity! That would be rough for you. Anyway on the matter at hand Lekota is nothing but a power hungry person, so if the merger goes through, DA will fall.

2011-10-31 12:58:54.0 | 0 replies


ANC leaders went to jail for me. They fought for me, they were prepared to take bullets and to be hanged for me. It will take something very special to stop me voting for ANC.


I understand and admire your loyalty. But at some stage you will realise that those heroes that you talked about have long gone, and the ANC is now full of Zumas, Malemas, Mathales, etc who are nothing more than common looters and criminals. Too many of these and the good guys that one should support just cannot carry the weight any more. But by all means carry on with your support.

Loyalty to politicians should only be given to those who proven worthy - blind following to ideology and sentiment will be punished with misery - ask the Malema marchers.

2011-10-31 13:02:09.0 | 0 replies