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Ruling: Lekota the only leader of Cope

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled Mosiuoa Lekota is the only leader of Cope.

Cope President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that Mosiuoa Lekota is now the only leader of the Congress of the People (Cope) national party.

The court dismissed an application by the party's former Deputy Leader Mbhazima Shilowa that Lekota tried to take power in the party illegally.

Cope has been hamstrung by the political battle between the two leaders.

The party's Johan Arbry says this has huge implications for the party.

"The conclusion is that Mr Lekota remains the president and the Parliamentary leader of Cope."

Former Cope deputy leader Mbhazima Shilowa says he is still deciding whether to appeal the ruling.

He says he is going to think carefully about his options.

"My own personal view is that we should not do anything that further hampers the possibility of Cope going forward."

Meanwhile, Lekota says this ruling is a vindication of the decisions by him and the party's other leaders.