Johannesburg - Disputed Cope leader Mbhazima Shilowa and his comrades will return to court to push for their reinstatement into the party’s highest national body, its national committee.
Shilowa said yesterday that papers had been filed with the Johannesburg High Court this week.
Last week, Judge AJ Watt-Pringle handed down judgment in Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota’s favour in a court battle to determine the legal leadership of Cope, ordering Shilowa to pay costs.
Lekota was reinstated as the legitimate president of Cope in accordance with the outcome of the party’s 2008 December inaugural conference in Bloemfontein. The judge further ruled that all provincial leaders appointed prior to the inaugural conference were also legitimate.
“In terms of the ruling of the judge, he said that people who are still members - whether it’s Hilda Ndude or Mbulelo Ncedana - if they were part of the leadership elected in Bloemfontein, they must be reinstated, even those leaders Lekota doesn’t want,” Shilowa said.