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THE controversy around Cope's parliamentary funds rages on, with claims that a party leader has been charged with attempted bribery.
The SABC reported yesterday that Western Cape police had confirmed that a case of attempted bribery had been opened against Cope MP Lorraine Mashiane.
The broadcaster said the charge related to an audit of the party's parliamentary funds. Cope spokesperson Philip Dexter said the party was aware of the report and was investigating. However, provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut and his Cape Town cluster colleague Captain Ezra October said they did not know of such a complaint.
Last week the row over the audit led to Mashiane, who is the party's administrative whip, venting her anger at Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota in a private e-mail.
She later apologised to the party's parliamentary leader Mvume Dandala. This was after Lekota had called for a forensic audit of the party's parliamentary funds.
Lekota also questioned the awarding of a R580000 tender - apparently without following proper tender procedure - to a company belonging to Cope youth leader Malusi Booi.
Lekota subsequently apologised for his public outburst, saying the audit process was under way. Cope has now appointed PriceWaterhouse-Coopers to compile its parliamentary audit following the resignation of the previous auditor Anton Louw.
Louw's resignation followed allegations that Cope's parliamentary financial officer Mbhazima Shilowa had written a letter to him in March - in which he wanted the auditor to falsely confirm that he was appointed in June. All political parties in Parliament are expected to present their financial audits by May 30. - Sapa