Say NO to a Cope with Peter Marais sign now

We the undersigned petition the leadership of Cope to not include Peter Marais in any leadership structure of the party or any significant position of power in local, provincial and national government.

We feel that aforementioned has a highly questionable past and that it would derail our efforts at keeping to the moral high road.

Peter Marais in the firing line yet again
http://www.iol.co.za/?click_id=6&art_id=ct20030126104054619M623289&set_id=1
Some excerpts:

"This latest request comes just as the Western Cape office of the Public Protector winds up the investigation into alleged homophobic comments by Marais, and prepares for the next round of bribery and corruption allegations."

"The complaint was laid by Capetonian Andre du Plessis in his private capacity and was in reaction to statements by Marais following the laying of sexual harassment charges against him by a former MEC for constitutional affairs and information technology Audrey van Zyl.

Marais, who has been the mayor of Cape Town and the provincial premier, told the media that a gay lobby in the DA was out to destroy him because of his attacks on homosexuals.

He said they wanted to attack his image as a Christian by attaching sleaze to him so his arguments against homosexuals would be less credible.
He was also investigated by the SA Human Rights Commission for the same statements."


Herewith a statement by one of the political affiliations that Marais held only a few months ago:

"29th Nov.2008. 'Peter Marais and COPE'

Rev Theunis Botha, Dep. Chairman of the Christian Democratic Alliance,
said in a statement that while watching Peter Marais, with his usual
swagger, pledge his support to the newly formed Congress of the
People, it was hard to believe that it was not more than a month ago,
that he made the same pledge to the Christian Democratic Alliance.
Only then he didn't speak of political heavyweights that needed to get
into the ring against each other, but rather be spoke of a David
taking on Goliath and doing so, not in his own strength but, in the
Name of the Lord God of Hosts.

He even spoke of a prophesy, Rev Botha said, that he had received that
was in the process of being fulfilled.

With great "humility" he declared that he was available to advance
Christian Democracy and that he did not want any position. Well I
suppose, Rev Botha said, a leopard doesn't change its spots, and a
politician like Marais will naturally act with political expedience
rather than on principle.

The question is however, can someone as double minded as he is, be
believed and trusted to hold public office?"


We hope the leadership heeds our appeals and make the correct decision.

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