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Two COPE MPs to appear in Cape Court

Johannesburg 11 August 2009 Sapa

Two Cope MPs will appear in the High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday for refusing to vacate their Parliamentary residences.

The Department of Public Works is taking legal action against Dennis Bloem and Bishop Tholo after obtaining eviction orders against the pair, the SABC reported.

The homes have been allocated to African National Congress MPs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Last month, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge said legal notices were served on the two Congress of the People MPs on July 6 and on July 9.

"They opposed it (legal notices). We are now heading to court," said Doidge.

The refusal by the two had resulted in Madikizela-Mandela and Tshabalala-Msimang not being able to move into their houses. The former was living in a hotel, while the latter was still at the ministerial house.

Bloem said: "It is not correct for... Geoff Doidge to blame myself and Bishop Tholo for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang`s accommodation problems, while 13 other MPs are housed in a hotel."

Doidge said Bloem and Tholo were accommodated in the houses allocated to the ANC before they changed parties ahead of the April elections.