COPE ECape rejects Madisha, Nhleko’s sacking as nothing more than a witch-hunt

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Divisions and political mudslinging continue to threaten the existence of the Congress of the People (COPE), as election season looms ever closer.
Last week, Deputy President Willie Madisha and Elections Secretary, Mzwandile Hleko, were expelled from the party for convening unconstitutional meetings, abusing state resources and acting in positions that were not approved by the Congress.

However, Cope’s Eastern Cape Interim Chairperson, Webster Ntongana, has rejected the expulsions as nothing more than a witch-hunt.

He says it’s all hogwash and as the Eastern Cape they do not recognise them.

Ntongana says the greatest problem with COPE is that it is held at ransom by power plays, petty politics and abnormal ambitions of individuals to lead at all costs.

The City of Joburg’s Speaker, Colleen Makhubele, is at the centre of the expulsions.

She convened a briefing where she announced that the party was left with no option but to expel the leaders.

“This was a well thought decision that took months of internal deliberations, and various avenues of engagements were extended.”

Ntongana has described Makhubele’s decision to hold the briefing and expel the two as uncalled for.
He slammed Makhubele for making hasty decisions without following due protocol.
Makhubele, who is the Speaker of the Joburg Council, has also raised the ire of her colleagues at COPE for expressing her desire to one day lead the party.

Madisha has been part of COPE since its formation in 2008.

It is alleged that he and Hleko were members of the faction that was pushing party leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, to vacate his position.

This faction also included the party’s spokesperson, Dennis Bloem, whose future still hangs on a balance.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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