The Congress of the People's two centres of power theory has come back to haunt them.
We must never forget that Cope was not formed solely because of Thabo Mbeki's ousting as president in September 2008, but also that his ousting was preceded by his supporters' failed bid to have him re-elected ANC president for a third term in Polokwane.
Had Mbeki succeeded in his bid for a third term, it would have allowed him to identify his state presidential successor willy-nilly.
At his presidential imbizo in Botshabelo, Free State, Mbeki declared with delusional grandeur that his successor would be a woman. Now Cope thought the third-term theory that failed for the ANC would work for it.
The presidential campaigner Bishop Dandala is now at odds with party leader Mosiuoa Lekota.
The latter was at the forefront of Mbeki's two centres of power, which has come back to haunt Cope.
Cope reported that Lekota, unlike Dandala, would not go to Parliament after the elections, something Lekota now disputes, demanding that he be deployed to the National Assembly.
Is the two centres of power theory a safe option or not?
Cope must tell the nation. At least the ANC rejected that theory.
Risenga Maruma, Tshwane