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    Watch: COPE leader snacks on samoosa during briefing brawl

    There seems to never be a bad time to nibble on something, take that from the embattled Congress of the People (COPE) president Mosiuoa Lekota.

    Lekota presided over a press briefing which soon descended into utter mayhem on Wednesday, 31 August 2022. Members donning COPE t-shirts stormed the press in Boksburg, in an attempt to prevent Lekota from addressing the media briefing. Fights subsequently broke out between members and fists were thrown around, all while the TV cameras were still rolling.

    Lekota was suspended on Monday after being accused of supporting corruption and the removal of elected individuals, something which COPE has strongly condemned. The party is yet to decide on whether he will be recalled from Parliament following his suspension.


    Believe it or not, before the havoc at the COPE media briefing started to dwindle, Mosiuoa Lekota took the time to snack on a few samoosas and enjoy a beverage.

    While there is obviously nothing wrong with Lekota munching on a savoury snack, some on social media have reacted quite humourously in the timing of it all.

    “No stress what so ever. Even managing to snack in between meals,” said one Twitter user.

    Others suggested Lekota may have simply been following his doctor’s orders.

    “I beg to differ, stress can also lower blood sugar levels. Stress hormone cortisol helps body respond to a perceived threat. As part of the fight-or-flight response, cortisol triggers the liver to release glucose to fuel the body as it deals with danger. Hence the snack,” one said.

    Factions have emerged within COPE, with members divided over Lekota’s leadership.


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