South Africa’s Congress of the People, the third-largest political party, may not have its elective conference for a second time this year because of fighting and allegations of irregularities, Business Day reported, citing an unidentified party official.
Should COPE not hold elections, a call for a split between rival groups may gain momentum, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said. The conference was meant to start on Dec. 15. A meeting in May broke down because of fighting between supporters of Mosiuoa Lekota, the party’s president and Mbhazima Shilowa, its deputy president, Business Day said, citing the official.
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