RUMBLINGS IN COPE OVER LEKOTA S DEAL ’ ‘ ’
SENIOR leaders of the Congress of the People have expressed concern that their president Mosiuoa Terror Lekota may have already
“” entered into a deal to work with the Democratic Alliance against their wishes.
The leaders claim that the discussions with the DA started in 2009 after the general elections and were being pushed by a foundation based in Germany.
They said meetings had been held between the leadership of the DA, Cope and the Germans to discuss how the two opposition
par- ties can work together.
Two Cope leaders who attended some of the meetings said the Germans had complained that the DA had reached a ceiling and would never grow beyond where it is today, while the Inkatha Freedom Party had died a natural death.
They claimed to have been funding both parties as opposition to the ANC.
They said the IFP in their view is dead, and could therefore not assist them towards being a strong party in the next government of SA.
They said Cope is a better project and promised to help us with campaigning funds,” a provincial leader claimed.
Another leader told Sunday World that they went to Germany behind Lekota s back where
’ an opinion was expressed that he was not suitable to lead Cope.
However, it is understood Lekota got wind of the meeting. Yesterday he told Sunday World there were allegations made by certain Cope leaders in Germany but he could not remember exactly what they had said.
He admitted that he had also met the Germans, but that his meeting was about the state of democracy in South Africa.
It is all opposition parties from different African countries. The IFP was also part of the meetings. In those meetings the Germans “never told me to work with the DA,” Lekota said.
Sunday World understands that the first leader of Cope to meet the Germans was Mvume Dandala, who later phoned most provincial leaders requesting them to meet the Germans.
Another leader said he had met the German economic minister and some German businessmen based in Eastern Cape.
In the meeting, she said the Germans said they wished to see a strong opposition to the ANC that would win the elections and govern South Africa.
They were willing to give money but now it seems as if this has become Terror s project.”
Cope leaders in Parliament recently poured cold water over reports that their party would merge with the DA.
Meanwhile, Lekota will return to the High Court on December 6 in a continuing battle for the soul of Cope. Lekota s opponents, led by Mbhazima Shilowa, will argue against a temporary interdict that bars Shilowa from calling himself the president of Cope.
Both the Lekota and Shilowa factions say they are confident of winning the battle for the ownership of the party.
SHAKY GROUND: Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota. Picture by Veli Nhlapo