Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
Director-General in the Presidency Reverend Frank Chikane has declined the Congress of the People's bid to woo him to its leadership ranks.
On Monday Cope confirmed that Chikane, pictured, had been nominated as the party's candidate for premier of Gauteng.
Yesterday Chikane indicated that he "would not" take up a position in the newly-formed party.
"I have learned from some media reports that I have been nominated by Cope members in the Gauteng area to be on their election list," Chikane said in a statement.
"Unfortunately I shall not be available to take up this nomination."
He nonetheless thanked those people who nominated him, "notwithstanding the fact that I am not a member of the party".
"I appreciate the confidence shown in me by their nomination. I am sorry, though, that I have to decline."
Chikane said he had dedicated his life to the service of the people of South Africa.
"Besides serving as pastor and leader within my church, I was involved in the struggle for many years before the 1994 democratic elections. I have served the country from the highest office of the land since 1995."
By the time he left the government, he would have served the country's people in the presidency as special adviser, director-general and secretary of the cabinet for more than 13 years, Chikane said.
Other candidates for Cope's provincial premiership include the party's Gauteng chairman and former Sedibeng mayor, Mlungisi Hlongwane, its provincial secretary John Ngcebetsha, and former South African Communist Party member Nozipho Khalipa.
Cope is a breakaway party from the ANC, formed by disgruntled members.