Cope hopes to get rid of Shilowa

Cope spokesperson Johan Arbry says this case could mark a new beginning for the party.

Cope's spokesperson Johan Arbry says this case could mark a new beginning for the party.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says it believes it's finally going to see the back of Mbhazima Shilowa when the South Gauteng High Court hands down judgment on Friday in a leadership fight within the party.

Shilowa has contested Mosiuoa Lekota's leadership of Cope, saying he has taken over the party illegally.

Cope was formed in 2008 but has seen huge fights over its leadership.

Spokesperson Johan Arbry says this case could mark a new beginning for the party.

"It has been an unnecessary circuit breaker in our preparation for the 2014 election and everyone is looking forward to the end of a sad chapter."

Arbry added today could be a new beginning.

"We can hopefully start to prepare for the national elective congress with proper credentials where there's no room for any fraudulent delegates to attend."