Monday, March 30, 2009

Hundreds of South Africans Return Back to the African National Congress From COPE Ahead of the April 22 Elections

Hundreds back to ANC?

By Gia Nicolaides
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:46

Deputy President Baleka Mbete revealed at the weekend that hundreds of Congress of the People members are expected to leave the party and return to the African National Congress.

Former Cape Town mayor Peter Marais left Cope over the weekend, blaming internal conflict for his departure.

On Thursday, Mlungisi Hlongwane, who was Cope's head of elections, defected back to the ANC.

Mbete said more Cope members had told top ANC officials they were thinking of jumping ship.

"They are saying they are on their way back," she said.

She said the ANC spoke with a few hundred people who indicated they were not going to stay with Cope, adding this proved the grass was not always greener on the other side.

"Even some of the leaders of Cope are very disillusioned," she said.

Mbete said Cope members were welcome to return to the ANC because that was where they belonged.

Eyewitness News

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