“We were the first victims of the ‘war room’”-Cope

The Congress of the People says it was the first opposition party to fall victim of the African National Congress (ANC)’s alleged smear campaign.

Cope Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said they were not surprised when Public Relations Consultant Sihle Bolani, revealed that the ANC hired her to be part of a so-called secret smear campaign against the opposition parties.

“COPE is not at all shocked or surprised by the scandalous dealings that were exposed by the PR practitioner Sihle Bolani. COPE believes every word of Bolani,” said Bloem.

He went to say the ANC began their smear campaign during the 2009 national elections, in a bid to discredit the party from acquiring votes.

“The unethical and immoral ANC started its war room immediately after the formation of COPE. It was in full operation during the 2009 National Elections; COPE was the first victim of the war room and the ANC spent millions of rands in dirty tricks against COPE,” said Bloem.

On Tuesday Bolani said she is suing the ANC for R2.2 Million, as she spent three months as project manager for the ANC’s so-called “War Room”.

Bonani also revealed that she worked with ANC Stalwart and icon Walter Sisulu’s grandson Shaka Sisulu, who was the individual that the ANC paid.

Sisulu admitted to briefly working with Bolani but denied he was paid by the ANC nor took part in the covert operation

Bloem slammed both the ANC and Sisulu for denying being part of the covert operation to discredit opposition parties.

“No amount of denials can convince the public that Shaka Sisulu and his other comrades were not involved in these immoral and unethical dirty tricks. Bolani has exposed all of them. It’s a screaming shame that the ANC used R50 million of tax-payers to fight its opponents,” said Bloem.

On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are set to report the ANC to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and consider other legal options.

 

“A divided ANC will never stand”-cope

The Congress of the People (COPE) slammed President Jacob Zuma calling for unity within the African National Congress (ANC).

This follows after Zuma on Sunday during the party’s 105th birthday celebration vowed to bring change within the ANC.

COPE’s Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said it is “ironic” that the individual that destroyed the ANC is now calling for unity within the organisation.

“It is ironic that the man calling for unity of the ANC is the very man who divides the party. It is during his term as ANC President that the party had two breakaways, COPE and the EFF, with the possibility of the party having a third breakaway party lurking in the horizon,” said Bloem.

Bloem then expressed his disapproval of Zuma’s speech by saying his speech was empty and full of “old rhetoric about the history of the ANC”.

He went on to say the speech had no clear plans of tackling serious issues and added the ANC has lost its direction and credibility as the governing party.

“The once powerful respected liberation movement has lost credibility among the people,” said the Spokesperson.

Bloem questioned why the ANC had changed the venue for its 105 birthday celebration.

“Since after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990, they had all the time gathered at the FNB stadium and had no difficulty to fill it to capacity,” said Bloem

“It is so sad that the ANC is making a big noise about filling-up the Orlando Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 far smaller than the FNB stadium which is more than double the size of Orlando stadium,” he added.

Bloem then called on the ANC leadership to accept that Zuma has become a “liability” to the organisation. And warned that with the dwindling support the organisation is facing, it will soon fall and disappear.