Is this the end of Cope? Party in Limpopo only has R19k in the bank

Is this the end of Cope? Party in Limpopo only has R19k in the bank

- Cope in Limpopo allegedly has less than R20 000 in its bank account

- The party owes significant amounts in unapid salaries to its employees

- As a result, a lawyer representing two of these employees has applied to have the party liquidated

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The Limpopo Congress of the People (COPE) may have to shut down as it reportedly only has R19 000 in the bank.

This comes after two of the party's employees sought legal action over unpaid salaries.

They say they have not received payment since January 2018.

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The employees' lawyer claims that, in total, Cope owes his clients R400 000, according to The Sowetan.

He added that he filed an application to have the Limpopo Cope branch's assets attached. However, he says that once this was completed, it was discovered that there was less than R20 000 in the party's bank account.

This revelation emerged three weeks ago. Since then, the lawyer has applied for the party to be liquidated. 

The two Cope employees, Dolly Rakheila and Darius Sefara, say they have been seriously negatively affected as a result of not receiving their salaries. Sefara said that the situation was making it almost impossible for him to provide for his wife and family, has gathered.

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Despite Rakheil and Sefara's allegations and the lawyer's findings, Cope secretary-general, Papi Kganare, has denied that the party only has R19 000 in the bank.

He did not say how much money the party really had, but said that Cope would be opposing the lawyer's liquidation application.

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