Cope withdraws from Parli activities after ConCourt ruling

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 12, 2016

The Congress of the People (Cope) has announced its complete withdrawal from all Parliament activities following the African National Congress’ (ANC) decision not to recall President Jacob Zuma.

In a statement, Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the decision was based on the Constitutional Court’s findings that Zuma violated the Constitution by not adhering to the remedial actions of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, adding that Cope members would only take part in National Assembly activities when clarity from the court is provided.

“Cope is determined not to make itself guilty through participation in activities that are in contempt of court. Our representatives cannot break their oath of office,” Bloem said.

“We continue to meet and work with all opposition parties inside and outside of parliament to ensure that political leaders comply 100% with the Constitution. We have resolved to give our fullest support to civil society movements, religious formations and all other organised groups who are working to defend the Constitution of South Africa”.