Cope congress ends on a high note

2008-12-16 00:00

COPE pulled out all stops to end their conference on a high note with the closing moments, reminiscent of the razzmatazz of an Amercan election.

It started when Alan Boesak and his wife, Elna, walked into the hall, their arrival a surprise to most delegates, and the hall burst into applause and chants of “Boesak, Boesak, Boesak”. The Western Cape delegates were beside themselves. “We’re going to whack the Western Cape, we’re to going to whack them,” a delegate screamed delightedly.

Boesak, known for his rousing orations, did not disappoint. His words echoed Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream speech” and carried a catchphrase that mimicked American president-elect Barack Obama’s famous “Yes We Can”.

The former preacher’s chant for his new party is: “There has never been time like this”.

He said: “ I think of times of the past and I think there never has been a time like this.

“I was there at Sharpville when our people were killed on streets … but there has never been a time like this … In 1994 I stood at the cradle of democracy and saw for ourselves and our children a new future and I say to myself, there has never been a time like this … since then, our hopes have not been met our dreams have been trampled upon … we are carving a new path … there has never been a time like this.”

Boesak left soon after delivering his rousing speech.

As he left, South Africa’s singing sensation, former Drakensberg choirboy Zwai Bala, lead the delegates in a powerful rendition of the song You raise me up.

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