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Anna Majavu

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Bishop Mvume Dandala's shock appointment as the Congress of the People's presidential candidate is aimed both at showing up ANC president Jacob Zuma's allegedly "immoral conduct" and at allowing Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota a dignified end to his political career.

That's according to a senior Cope source, who did not want to be named. "There has always been an issue between Mbhazima and Terror because nobody had been elected," said the source, who added that a leadership tussle might have been fatal for the fledgling party.

Cope was also backed into a corner by its status as an ANC breakaway group. "Cope and the ANC are the same thing [in terms of policies]. The big difference will come on leadership and moral conduct."

Dandala will be used to show voters that being "moral" is about more than just being found "not guilty".

"According to the ANC, if behaviour is not found to be criminal by a court, it's fine," said the source. "We want to show that in a normal country it would be an issue to sleep with a kid you met when she was only five years old," said the source, referring to Zuma having had sex with Khwezi, a friend's daughter who later accused him of rape.

Dandala's appointment was also to allow Lekota to exit politics in a dignified way, paving the way for Shilowa to become Cope president in 2014.

"Lekota will retire before 2014. He couldn't have become a backbencher 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.

University of Johannesburg analyst Adam Habib says Dandala "is a clever choice".

"If Cope had chosen either Lekota or Shilowa the party would have been divided and seriously lost credibility," said Habib.

"I would not be surprised if Lekota led the new party into gaining a substantial number of seats in parliament and then retired, having played a major role in building the party."

Habib warned that Dandala "will have to put out a message of morality in line with poverty alleviation and an end to economic inequality if he wants to be taken seriously".

Kwandiwe Kondlo, of the HSRC, says Dandala's appointment might backfire if Lekota's supporters do not accept it. "You can only have one president. I hope Cope reaches a unanimous agreement on Dandala."


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