Shrewd stragety

2009-01-17 00:00

As election season opens, the Congress of the People has dealt itself a strong hand and is playing it cleverly. Doubtless it will attract some votes from the existing supporters of opposition parties, but if Cope is to score heavily in the coming poll it will have to poach support from within the ranks of the present ruling party. This it is addressing with some shrewdness.

Not for nothing did the African National Congress try to block the new party’s adoption of names aligning it with the high ideals of the struggle and Freedom Charter. The problem for the ANC, and the advantage for its rival, is that Cope can project itself not so much as a new party but as one that promises a return to those ideals. And indeed, in the years since it came to power the ANC has done much to tarnish its own image and Cope is now homing in on every blemish. With service delivery creaking and the infrastructure deteriorating, Cope can highlight the damage done by nepotism and political patronage and offer to move away from the ANC’s race-fixated interpretation of affirmative action and towards competence. With corruption rife and the ANC seemingly determined always to protect its own against scrutiny, Cope promises to restore the Scorpions. So the list will go on.

Despite Epainette Mbeki’s appearance at a Cope meeting, attendance at party rallies does not yet hint at any massive swing, but the confidentiality of the polling booth may yield a different story. Cope’s Trojan horse is already within the gates.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.