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Cope to refrain from participating in National Assembly

Cope says its MPs will avoid the National Assembly until the ConCourt provides clarity 'on how to proceed'.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Congress of the People (Cope's) executive committee has resolved that none of its Members of Parliament (MPs) will be allowed to participate in the National Assembly because of the African National Congress's (ANC) refusal to act against the president in parliament.

Last week, a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma failed.

He was found guilty by the Constitutional Court of violating his oath of office in relation to the public protector over Nkandla.

Following a meeting in Johannesburg today, Cope's executive announced its representatives will now avoid the National Assembly until the Constitutional Court provides clarity "on how to proceed."

Cope says it is working with other like-minded opposition parties and will approach the ConCourt to seek clarity on the way forward.

The party, which only has three seats in Parliament, says it will continue to meet and work with all opposition parties inside and outside of Parliament to ensure that political leaders comply with the Constitution.

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