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Another high-profile defection to COPE

Former African National Congress chief whip Dave Dalling joined the Congress of the People. COPE...

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Former African National Congress chief whip Dave Dalling joined the Congress of the People.

COPE Chairperson Mosiuoa Lekota made the announcement in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Cape Town on Monday.

Dalling said he had become disillusioned with the ruling party because of its stance on several issues including <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> and HIV/Aids.

He said he was also perturbed by the way in which the Travelgate scandal was handled.

Dalling announced he supported COPE’s position on bringing back the Scorpions.

The 69-year old denied he was a political opportunist, despite being a member of various political parties through the decades.

“I think that I can describe my life as a progression,” said Dalling.

His decision to change political allegiance so frequently would be queried by some.