Teboho Mohapi, Former mayor of the Modimolle municipality in Limpopo, proved to be the proverbial prodigal son when he returned to the ANC.
Mohapi left the ANC to join Cope in February following allegations of serious purging.
He was the mayor from 2000 until his "untimely" departure.
But his decision to "go back home" is not without controversy.
It is believed Mohapi was "shown the light" by his relative and former Premier of North West Edna Molewa.
Molewa is the Minister for Social Development.
Mohapi yesterday confirmed he was a cousin of Molewa's, but denied that she influenced him to rejoin the ANC.
"The ANC has always been my home and Molewa had nothing to do with my decision.
"I took the decision myself after considering that the situation in the ANC then was not conducive for me," said Mohapi.
"I took a calculated decision to terminate my membership of the ANC to join Cope."
He said given another chance, he would still react the way he did by terminating his membership of the ANC, "and as hastily as I did in the same circumstances that I found myself in".
"I unequivocally assert that I would not do so," he said.
Mohapi returns to the party with immediate effect.
Mohapi was welcomed back yesterday by Premier Cassel Mathale, provincial secretary Joe Maswanganyi, and party spokesperson Ishmael Kgetjepe.
Also in attendance at the event at the parliamentary village in Polokwane were the secretary of the ANC Waterberg region Andries Lekalakala, and sub-regional secretary Matome Mokoka.
"We welcome Mohapi back and will give him responsibilities in the organisation," said Maswanganyi.