New S. Africa party officially launches

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The founders of a major new South African opposition political party said Monday they are officially launching the Congress of the People, or COPE.

ANC sues defectors over name

SANDTON, South Africa, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Leaders of a new South African political party meant to rival the African National Conference say ANC leaders are trying to legally intimidate them.
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Analyst: New S. Africa party long planned

PRETORIA, South Africa, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Leaders of a movement to establish a party to rival South Africa's African National Congress have been planning the move for months, an analyst says.
South Africa's ANC said close to split

South Africa's ANC said close to split

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A South African leader who quit the government over the treatment of former President Thabo Mbeki says the African National Congress is close to splitting.

ANC conference marked by dissent

POLOKWANE, South Africa, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki's bid to be re-elected may be in jeopardy as ANC conference delegates in Polokwane booed him and called for change.

South Africa says no troops for Somalia

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Mosiuoa Gerard Patrick Lekota (born 13 August 1948) is a South African politician who currently serves as the President and Leader of the Congress of the People since 16 December 2008. Previously, under President Thabo Mbeki, he served in the Cabinet of South Africa as Minister of Defence from 17 June 1999 to 25 September 2008. His nickname Terror Lekota comes from his playing style on the soccer field. He was a leader of the United Democratic Front and a key defendant in the Delmas Treason Trial, 1985 to 1988.

Lekota was born in Kroonstad. He had his primary education at Emma Farm School and most of his secondary education at Mariazel High School in Matatiele. However, he matriculated at St. Francis College in Mariannhill in 1969. Although he enrolled for a social science degree at the University of the North, Lekota was expelled due to his Student Representative Council- and Black Consciousness Movement-aligned South African Students' Organisation (SASO) activities in 1972. He is currently married and has three children, one daughter and two sons; his wife Cynthia was a former teacher in the Free State. Lekota is fluent in English, Afrikaans, Tswana, Sotho, Xhosa and Zulu.

Lekota became a permanent organiser for SASO in 1974, but was imprisoned at Robben Island Prison for "conspiring to commit acts endangering the maintenance of law and order" during the same year. He had organised victory rallies to celebrate the independence of Mozambique. He was released from prison in 1982.

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