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Cope: ANC might sabotage conference

Johan Arbie says people who may try to stop the conference have ulterior motives.

Cope supporters.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says people who may try to take the party to court to stop its conference are those who've infiltrated the party from the ANC.

Cope is due to hold a conference that could lead to properly elected leadership after its former deputy leader Mbhazima Shilowa lost a court challenge against the party's current leader Mosuioa Lekota.

The party hopes this conference will lead to its rebirth after being punished by voters for infighting.

The party's Johan Arbie says some people in the Eastern Cape who may try to stop the conference have ulterior motives.

"We are convinced they are assisted by friends in the ANC to derail the process and all the people who want to take us to court are late."

It appears that Lekota is likely to retain his leadership post at the gathering.

COPES HOPES TO GET SECOND CHANCE

At the same time, Cope says it hopes voters will give it a second chance.

Arbrie says he's confident the party will emerge united.

"Hopefully they will forgive us for the wrongs of the past and give us a chance to show them that we are pulling up our socks. We promise to represent them well in next year's legislation."

Around 800 delegates are expected to attend Cope's congress.

But it could be a long road to regain the trust of voters.

There are also now several other parties for people to choose from after the launch of Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters.