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THE office of the Public Protector is probing Cope deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa for mismanaging funds allocated to the party by Parliament.
Shilowa, as Cope's accounting officer for the administration of public funds, is accused of awarding a tender worth over R500000 without following proper procedure.
The tender, which was not advertised, was awarded to C-Yoyo Logistics, which is owned by Malusi Booi, Cope's youth secretary. Booi was also a prominent campaigner for Shilowa leading to the aborted May conference in Centurion.
The tender was to furnish Cope's offices. Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota said he had been contacted by the Public Protector's office and had been asked to cooperate in the investigation.
"I have received a letter and I am expected to cooperate in the interest of the public. I am willing to cooperate with the investigation," Lekota said.
Sipho Ngwema, Shilowa's spokesperson, said they were aware that the matter had been forwarded to the Public Protector. He said Cope had set up an internal committee headed by Lyndall Shope-Mafole and Nolitha Vukuza to investigate the allegations.