THE Congress of the People Youth Movement has taken a jab at the ANC, claiming some of President Jacob Zuma's cabinet ministers are in fact Cope "moles".
Cope Youth Movement general secretary Malusi Booi told a media briefing at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein that there were members of the ANC in local, provincial and national government who were working for Cope's interests.
Booi said Cope was a modern party that gave leadership opportunities to all members regardless of whether or not they had struggle credentials or were "on Robben Island for 20 years".
"Cope is not ANC-lite". "We need to take away this mind-set and make it clear that Cope is not ANC-lite. As much as we have ministers we've deployed in the ANC, we also have MECs that we've deployed in the ANC.
"That's why today they have these problems because our main goal is the strategy and a tactic that we have agreed on as comrades.
"We said, let us have our ministers there because they still have trust in them."
The Cope youth wing also differed from ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, who said there was no such a thing as a hermaphrodite.
Cope said while it did not want to be drawn into a debate about Malema's views, it believed that hermaphrodites existed.
Cope spokesperson Sipho Nghona said: "Scientifically, it's been proven that there are hermaphrodites."
The youth movement said its leader, Anele Mda, would remain suspended until her disciplinary hearing was concluded.
"At our national steering committee meeting at the weekend we resolved to accept the CWC's decision to suspend Comrade Mda," Booi said.
Mda, a Cope MP, was suspended after a complaint by deputy general secretary Deidre Carter to the party's top leadership.
She allegedly called Carter a "token white stupid bitch" after a party meeting last month.