Cope Has Not Accepted Dandala's Resignation Yet
BYLINE: Political Bureau
COPE parliamentary leader Mvume Dandala tendered his resignation "with immediate effect" on June 1, despite claims by some in the faction-torn party that he merely indicated his intention to give up his seat as an MP.
In a letter to Cope general secretary Charlotte Lobe - a copy of which is in the possession of the Cape Times - Dandala announced his resignation as Cope MP, parliamentary leader and a member of Cope's national and working committees.
The letter was written in the wake of Cope's disastrous national conference in Centurion at the end of last month, in which party president Mosiuoa Lekota was ousted by the faction led by his deputy, Mbhazima Shilowa.
Lekota was later reinstated by order of court.
The Cape Times is also in possession of copies of letters from a number of hotels asking to be paid about R1.3 million in unpaid bills for conference delegates' accommodation.
Dandala's letter makes clear his dismay at Cope's infighting.
"My sense is that the events of this past weekend represent for me an irrevocable failure to get Cope members to work together for the good of the party and our nation.
"I have always believed that the future success of Cope depends on our ability to unite the party and it is this, in my view, that we have failed to do," he wrote.
Dandala's spokesman, JJ Tabane, said at the weekend that the party's highest decision-making body, its national committee, would first have to approve Dandala's "request" to step down.
There is now a dispute over when that meeting will take place.
Tabane had said it was scheduled for tomorrow - the date Lekota's camp has said it will take place. …