Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Anna Majavu and Kingdom Mabuza
The Congress of the People says it will go all out to recruit ANC leaders who find themselves left off the ruling party's list of candidates for parliament after this weekend's national list conference.
At the same time the ANC said they had information that former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was active in the background for the Cope.
Mlambo-Ngcuka, who resigned after former president Thabo Mbeki was recalled, has not gone public with her political allegiance.
Yesterday ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said: "We are only aware Mlambo-Ngcuka is said to be active in the background.
"People who were in the ANC to hold positions are in the wrong place."
Cope spokesman Sipho Ngwema said: "As far as I know she does not work with us. But we will make sure that we recruit all quality leaders who are excluded by the ANC."
Ngwema told Sowetan yesterday: "There are a lot of quality people the ANC is going to leave behind and Cope will try and recruit those people because they are good and great leaders."
Cope said its list of candidates would be kept under wraps until the end of February.
Meanwhile, a senior Cope leader said their manifesto, to be launched in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, will reflect " a mix of issues that relate to safety and security and focuses on the prosperity of ordinary South Africans".
"The highlight of our manifesto is about how we intend to defend the Constitution and the rule of law and our plan to systematically eradicate poverty."