Moruleng – People have the power to hold political parties accountable, the leader of the Congress of the People (Cope) said on Saturday.
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"You have been given the power to vote. You have the right to vote for the people you know and trust," said Mosiuoa Lekota.
Lekota was speaking at Manamakgoteng in Moruleng outside Rustenburg to encourage people to register to vote. He said people should vote for a party that would change their lives.
"People cannot continue to live in poverty in subhuman conditions. People were promised a better life for all; after freedom there were basic things that should have happened; first it was reconciliation and second was a better life for all," said Lekota.
Waiting for better life
He said reconciliation had happened but the promise for a better life was never fulfilled.
"When we came out of Robben Island, we did not bring money. No political party has the money to deliver services to people. It is your money that the government must use to provide you with basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation.
"They must not tell you that if do not vote for a particular party you will not get your old age grant."
Lekota received a warm welcome. About 100 party members formed a guard of honour for his car. They blew vuvuzelas and chanted as he passed.
He later visited Maria Mabuela to encourage her to register and also verified her registration.
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