The battle between COPE and ANC is heating up. COPE’s youth leader, Anele Mda, and labour convener Willie Madisha went on a bashing spree during a rally in the Eastern Cape where Madisha, referring to Zuma, said: “We will be the laughing stock of the world when we have a leader (who) says ‘I will rape and shower’.” COPE leaders have quickly come out and “unconditionally” apologised to the ANC and it’s president Jacob Zuma for the inflammatory statements. Mda told the crowd that should Zuma become president, then we would “have a government that is going to make raping official.”
Why is Mda saying this? She is just lowering herself and in a sense, starting to make statements similar to those of ANC’s Julius Malema. COPE had been benefiting from Malema’s statements but now it looks like COPE may have their own Malema in the form of Mda.
In its statement, COPE said: “The party subscribes, without any reservation, to the principle of the independence of the judiciary and respects its findings. Therefore the remarks by Ms Mda and Mr Madisha are withdrawn unconditionally and a full apology is extended to the president of the ANC and his party.”
Well, one can say that COPE has apologised much quicker than the ANC did but it still does not change the fact that they made these comments about the ANC and Jacob Zuma.