ID looses its deputy to COPE
By Mandisi Tyulu
21 November 2008
The deputy presidents of the Independent Democrats, Simon Grindrod has resigned to join the newly formed Congress of the People.
Grindrod who also served as Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for Economic Development, made the announcement at a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday.
Surrounded by Cope leaders Grindrod told reporters that every South African must grasp the opportunity, which may only come around once in a lifetime, to provide an alternative to the ANC.
Grindrod told reporters that it was a personal decision and that he did not want it to be portrayed as a criticism of ID President Patricia de Lille for whom he has the greatest respect.
Meanwhile the Independent Democrats Leader Patricia de Lille says as much as they are surprised by Mr Grindrod resignation, they have many candidates that can easily replace Grindrod.