Cape Town – Chaos broke out at a press conference addressed by suspended COPE president Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota on Wednesday in Boksburg.
Videos circulating on social media showed party members physically attacking each other.
According to eNCA, disgruntled members arrived at the briefing and demanded that party Lekota not deliver the address.
The members said Lekota had no right to address the party.
— Chriselda Zozi Lewis (Babes Wendaba) (@Chriseldalewis) August 31, 2022
Reports indicated on Monday that COPE’s national committee had suspended Lekota, with “immediate effect”.
A statement released by the party accused Mosiuoa of sowing divisions and corruption.
The announcement came amid mounting pressure for Lekota to step down as party leader.
[BREAKING NEWS] COPE members physically attack each other during their media briefing.
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) August 31, 2022
A fight broke out at a COPE media briefing with party members throwing fists at each other. Disgruntled members arrived at the briefing in Boksburg earlier today, and demanded party President, Mosiuoa Lekota not to deliver the address. #DStv403 #eNCA pic.twitter.com/jFyNhRAlmj
— eNCA (@eNCA) August 31, 2022
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu