Cope not concerned with members leaving

Cope says it is unfazed by MPs who left the party to join the ranks of the ANC.

FILE: President of the Congress of the People (COPE) Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) said it's not fazed by news of the majority of its Members of Parliament (MP) are going back to the ANC.

It claimed that almost all of these Parliamentarians were not on the party's lists to return to the National Assembly after the elections.

Cope's Johan Arbrie had harsh words for them.

"Job seekers that came at the end of a term of employment are now going to find a job at another place because they were not high enough on the Cope list so we've got a lot of fresh people in."

Meanwhile, the ANC last week claimed to have collapsed Cope in the Gauteng Legislature after three members defected to the ruling party.

Aupa Thulo, Ndzipho Kalipa and Clara Sodlulashe-Mwenze all announced their defections.

Thulo, who was a member of Cope's Gauteng Executive Committee, said the reason for his move was that the party lost direction.