COPE rejects reports on withdrawing from parliament

The Congress of the People (COPE) has rejected reports that it’s withdrawn from Parliament.

Reports on Monday stated that COPE had withdrawn from parliamentary activities, saying the ANC’s refusal to act against President Jacob Zuma has made it guilty of contempt of court.

Cope referred to the recent Constitutional Court judgement on Nkandla.

However, COPE President Mosioua Lekota says the party has only chosen not to participate in any parliamentary activities, until the issues surrounding the ruling party are resolved.

He says: “We did not use the word withdraw we said that we will not participate in any meetings. We are of the view that there is need to get clarity about the way forward. The ruling party has simply ridiculed the ruling of the Constitutional Court.”

“In our view, that amounts to another offence and we do not want to break our own oath of office by going on with activities that pile offence after offence,” he adds.

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