Cope ‘caught off guard’ by Lekota’s media briefing with AfriForum

September 10, 2018 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

JOHANNESBURG – The Congress of the People (Cope) says it was caught off guard by its leader Mosiuoa Lekota’s media briefing announcing the joining of forces to fight the intended amendment of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation.

The party’s secretary-general Lyndall Shope-Malofe says it’s something the party had not yet discussed.

Lekota and AfriForum announced on Monday they had joined forces to request South Africans and the international community to pressure the African National Congress government not to amend the Constitution.

Shope-Malofe says Lekota has since apologised and the party stands with him.

“We do not agree with AfriForum on quite a number of issues. However, we think that it is important for all South Africans to work together on matters that they agree on which we believe will take our country forward. So, for us, this is just one step within that context.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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