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By unknown | Mar 05, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The Congress of the People's premier-elect and former Limpopo premier Sello Moloto will kick-start his election campaign for Cope with the family of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The campaign, set to start today, is expected to woo potential voters for the ANC breakaway party in the province for the coming general elections.

Moloto said during an interview on Thobela FM's Hlokwa la Tsela on Tuesday night that he intended to campaign for Cope at Malema's house in Zone 1 Seshego, outside Polokwane.

The interview was the first for Moloto after his resignation on Monday as both member of the Limpopo legislature and as premier, when he finally admitted that he had dumped the ANC for Cope.

Moloto said his obligations for the new party included building up the organisation in Limpopo and beyond.

In an interview with Sowetan yesterday, Moloto insisted that he was going to campaign for Cope in Malema's backyard.

He said "if Malema can campaign among families of other political parties such as the IFP, then so can Cope".

Moloto was referring to a rally that took place in KwaZulu-Natal recently during which Malema claimed he was going to campaign for the ANC in Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi's backyard in Ulundi.

Malema said he intended to recruit Buthelezi's children to join the ANC.

Moloto's words were echoed by Cope provincial convener Solly Mkhatjoa, who said plans were under way to kick-start the campaign today at Malema's house in Seshego Zone 1, where he allegedly lives with his granny and siblings.

Mokhatjoa said Cope was hoping to take over the province after the April elections "because all supporters of Moloto have also joined Cope soon after he left the ANC".

In response, Malema said Moloto was free to campaign in Seshego, but said that his house there was "empty".

He said Moloto was welcome to campaign for Cope wherever he wanted to, as long as the people there afforded him [Moloto] a chance to speak.

"This is a democracy. Everyone has the right to harvest members for his political party without fear or prejudice and so is Moloto," Malema said.


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