Amid charges of bringing the name of the party into disrepute, the Congress of the People (COPE) has suspended its Limpopo provincial chairperson and MPL Patrick Sikhutshi.
The suspension is effective immediately pending further investigation into the alleged misappropriation of party funds.
A statement by the party reads;
“Honouring our promises to the people of South Africa, the party decided, at its Congress National Committee (CNC) meeting held over the past weekend, to suspend the Chairperson of the Limpopo province and Member of Limpopo Legislature, Mr Patrick Sikhutshi with immediate effect pending further investigations into misappropriation of finances and bringing the name of the party into disrepute.”
According to the party’s spokesperson Glacier Nkhwashu, Cope’s Congress Executive Committee (CEC) will meet with its provincial and regional structures in Limpopo to formally announce the decision to suspend the MPL as well as discuss a way forward.
COPE said the decision was necessary in order to uphold its promise to the public in the election manifestos to ensure accountability and transparency.
“It was last year when COPE President, Mosiuoa Lekota, stood before thousands of community members and promised that COPE would not tolerate any corruption and vowed to take harsh action against those guilty of it.
“The Congress of the People (COPE) will not tolerate corruption, personal greed and the violation of the values of the constitution of our land,” it said in a statement.
Spokesperson Nkhwashu said the party will not fail the people by supporting corruption and turning its back on transparency and accountability.
“When launching our party in 2008 and all our Elections Manifestos‚ we pledged to ensure better run government‚ selflessness‚ accountability and transparency.
“We promised that our leaders will be reliable‚ accountable and incorruptible‚” Nkhwashu said.