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Cope's bleak one-year birthday

By Anna Majavu and Zukile Majova | Oct 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Congress of the People seems set to celebrate a bleak one-year anniversary - with internal divisionsravaging the party that was formed with much fanfare last November.

Cope broke from the ANC after its founders accused the ruling party of undermining the Constitution and going against the spirit of its bible - the Freedom Charter.

The party's mother body and its youth wing are now marred by internal ructions, with disgruntled members accusing their leaders of displaying undemocratic tendencies.

Last Sunday a group of disgruntled Cope members met in Sandton, Johannesburg, to discuss the legitimacy of the party's leadership and that of its youth wing.

The group is also calling for the removal of general secretary Charlotte Lobbe. They want her to be replaced by former ANC presidential spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama.

The group said it had confidence in Cope president Mosioua Lekota and his deputy Mbhazima Shilowa, but was concerned about the lack of internal democracy.

In another development Cope's suspended head of elections, Simon Grindrod, accused the party leadership of turning it into a "DA lapdog".


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