Shilowa is allowedto appeal court ruling

CoPE deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa will be allowed to appeal against a ruling preventing the party from holding elections before September, the Johannesburg high court ruled yesterday .

CoPE deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa will be allowed to appeal against a ruling preventing the party from holding elections before September, the Johannesburg high court ruled yesterday .

According to a judgment by Judge Motsamai Makume, Shilowa and Cope general secretary Charlotte Lobe would be allowed to make an appeal before a full court.

A court interdict was granted on May 28 to party president Mosiuoa Lekota stopping Cope from holding elections.

This was granted on the basis that Cope's congress national committee (CNC) had already decided that elections should not take place and that a party conference was marred by violence.

The interdict also forbade the party from holding elections before September, as was previously agreed by the CNC.

Shilowa and Lekota were involved in a heated leadership dispute, with Shilowa wanting elections to take place, while Lekota wanted to delay them.

Shilowa's lawyer and Cope Gauteng chairperson John Ngcebetsha said his side welcomed the decision.

"We are excited about this," he said.

"It is clear that the judge would have relied to a large extent on the basis of representations that were made by Lekota's legal representative that were based on disputed facts - that ambulances were going up and down. That violence had made the conference chaotic."

Ngcebetsha maintained that the agreement to hold elections had no standing as a meeting of the congress in a conference superseded the agreement of the CNC. - Sapa

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