Free State MEC joins Cope

Free State's education MEC has joined Cope.

Free State's education MEC has joined Cope.

Casca Mokitlane is also a former deputy chairman of the ANC.

Cope's secretary general Charlotte Lobe, said yesterday: "We welcome Casca. He is an ANC veteran who has served in many ANC structures and is someone with a strong history in the fight for freedom and democracy."

The party also introduced four other ANC councillors from Motheo district municipality and Mangaung local municipality.

Mokitlane said he joined Cope because it was time to move on. He said he had resigned as MEC, member of the legislature and ANC member.

"There are many reasons for my move, but one of the main reasons is the rampant patronage which is very prevalent in Free State," he said.

"The administrative processes, which are not up to scratch in a number of municipalities, are due to the deployment of people to positions they do not have capacity for," he said.

Mokitlane said the province needed a breath of fresh air and a new leadership.

"In the confines of the ANC, where internal democracy has actually collapsed, I could no longer find any way of ensuring that the principles of democracy could be upheld, as I had understood it when I joined the party," Mokitlane said.

Tatolo Nthejane, Motheo municipality councillor, said he and three others quit after they were forced to take part in "unlawful" action.

"The ANC forced councillors to take an unlawful decision," he said, referring to the removal from office of Motheo executive mayor Faniswa Chaine in December. - Sapa