Boesak Warns against Jostling for Positions in Cope
BYLINE: Caiphus Kgosana
CHANTS of "Boesak for premier" reverberated around the Rocklands Civic Centre hall in Mitchells Plain as anti-apartheid cleric Allan Boesak returned to the venue where the United Democratic Front was formed more than 25 year ago - this time to a greatly reduced crowd.
About 500 people, mostly bused in from outside Mitchells Plain, heard Boesak warn against jostling for positions in the party, saying people should not bring to Cope the culture of leadership squabbles that was prevalent in other parties.
"When I hear there is tension among us for leadership positions, I say these are people who bring to Cope leadership battles from other parties. We will have to leave that behind. We are not about positions, we are here to serve the people of South Africa," he said.
Cope in the Western Cape has witnessed a leadership tug-of-war between a group led by former ANC regional secretary Mbulelo Ncedana and another group loyal to former MEC Leonard Ramatlakane.
Ncedana loyalists have circulated a leadership list that has him as chairperson and those close to him allocated other key positions such as that of provincial secretary.
They also support Boesak for the post of premier, hoping his popularity will win them coloured voters in the Western Cape. …