COPE sus­pends Lim­popo chair­per­son over party funds

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POLOK­WANE – The Congress of t he Peo­ple ( COPE) have an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of Lim­popo Chair­per­son, Pa­trick Sikhut­shi, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of party funds.

"There have been al­le­ga­tions of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of party fi­nances against him for some time," said COPE's National Chair­per­son, Pakes Dikgetsi.

Dikgetsi said the funds were party po­lit­i­cal funds made avail­able by the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture, mean­ing it was public money.

"There have been al­le­ga­tions of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of this money in terms of the rules of the Lim­popo leg­is­la­ture and reg­u­la­tions of the party," he said.

Dikgetsi said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been con­ducted and tabled at a meet­ing of the congress national com­mit­tee (CNC) last week­end. He said Sikhut­shi was also fac­ing charges of bring­ing the name of the party into dis­re­pute.

"We are in the process of set­ting up a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee and he has re­ceived his no­tice of sus­pen­sion," he said. "We want to con­clude this matter as quickly as pos­si­ble," said Dikgetsi.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, Sikhut­shi brought a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against the congress ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC) at a national com­mit­tee meet­ing.

At the time, COPE deputy-head MP Wil­lie Madisha said all struc­tures call­ing for heads were dis­rupt­ing the party and could be sus­pended.

Dikgetsi said the move to sus­pend Sikhut­shi had noth­ing to do with his mo­tion of no con­fi­dence.

"That was an at­tempt to di­vert at­ten­tion," he said. The CEC will be in Lim­popo to meet with its provin­cial and re­gional struc­tures to for­mally an­nounce the de­ci­sion and to dis­cuss the fur­ther strength­en­ing of its struc­tures in the prov­ince.

There have been al­le­ga­tions of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of this money in terms of the rules of the Lim­popo leg­is­la­ture and reg­u­la­tions of the party,"

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