- COPE has been forced to close its headquarters in Kempton Park over financial constraints
- The political party will also be retrenching the staff as it battles to cover salaries and office rental
- Plans were reportedly in the pipeline to open smaller satellite offices in various provinces
COPE has been facing financial difficulties to the extent that it has been forced to close its Kempton Park head office.
The Citizen reports that employees working at the office have been informed that their contracts will be terminated.
In a letter handed out to employees the political party explained why it would be closing up shop:
“The reason for the closure is because the party’s income has been reduced and consequently cannot afford to pay the office rental and salaries of staff based at this office."
Sources close to the party claimed that there had been talk of a possible option for staff to move to a new headquarters in Cape Town.
However, this was not discussed in writing nor did it form part of the termination letter, News24 reports.
Leader Mosiuoa Lekota has confirmed the contents of the letter and the serious financial constraints facing the party, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said that plans were in the pipeline to open smaller satellite offices in various provinces.
Bloem confirmed that employees based at the Kempton Park offices would be given the opportunity to move to Cape Town:
“I don’t know what is the content of the letter [termination letter], but that was our decision in the CEC that they must get an option. It is for them to decide."
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!