The leadership and membership of Shikota or the COP should not be regarded as a major breakaway from the ANC when an accurate analysis is given to inform and educate the public about political developments.
They are not even a fraction of the ANC membership, but rather a few individuals driven by leadership ambition.
These people should know that leadership ought to be contested and internal-party democracy should then respect such decisions.
I doubt that Terror Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa, as well as the ANC members who resigned to join them, are the true democrats they claim to be.
The reality and the truth is, post-1990 does not know any political party except the ANC and its alliance partners.
COP leaders are like General Bantu Holomisa, a former army general in a Bantustan who was also a disgruntled ANC member and established his own party because he was thinking like a Bantustan leader in a democratic order.
Having interacted with the ANC leaders post-Mafikeng, they must tell no lies and claim no easy victory and their members must persevere on behalf of both men.
The two are public speakers, not think-tanks, and so not a threat. The think-tanks supporting them should develop policies and strategies before December 16, to be presented at COP's launch in Bloemfontein.
Masket Mtshweni, Tshwane