Politics can be terribly cruel sometimes, and even the most jaded cynic had to feel a twinge of pity for Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota getting suspended by his party for being a disruptive influence — even as DA voters rallied around John “Roadkill” Steenhuisen, and ANC officials in KwaZulu-Natal crawled backwards into Nkandla to ask Jacob Zuma for what they unironically called his “wisdom”.

According to a statement issued by Cope on Monday, Lekota has been suspended for “the role he plays in dividing Cope” and “the frequent meetings he convenes to form parallel structures to Cope”...

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