CAPE TOWN – ANC MPs’ refusal to act against President Jacob Zuma following the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla has prompted the Congress of the People (COPE) to withdraw from all parliamentary activities.
COPE spokesman Dennis Bloem said in a statement yesterday the party executive would wait for the Constitutional Court for directions on how to proceed.,
“Congress of the People is determined not to make itself guilty through participation in activities that are in contempt of court. Our representatives cannot break their oath of office,” Bloem declared.
But guys, we will miss Terror Lekota in parliament though…#COPE
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The party also says it is concerned about the declaration by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that church leaders should not meddle in politics and recalled the pivotal role played by religious leaders during the struggle against apartheid.
“COPE will continue to meet and work with all opposition parties inside and outside of parliament to ensure that political leaders comply 100% with the constitution. We have also resolved to give our fullest support to civil society movements, religious formations and all other organised groups who are working to defend the constitution of South Africa,” Bloem said.