Cope: We are not here to die

2014-05-08 23:29

The Congress of the People (Cope) says it is not happy with its electoral performance so far, but it is not going to die in this election.

Cope president Mosioua Lekota promised to eat his hat if his party got less than the 7% it got in the 2009 general election. Internal squabbles have crippled the party since it was formed, leading to the exodus of some of its high-profile members to return to the ANC in the past few weeks.

Speaking to City Press at the elections results centre in Pretoria, Cope secretary-general Lyndall Shope-Mafole said the party had expected to do better than it was faring. By this evening it had enough votes – 105 638 – to get two seats.

“Contrary to what many people were expecting, we are not here to die. Critically, every cloud has its silver lining. People who remain in Cope are people who are wholly committed unlike what we had in the past five years.

“Now we’ve got structures and not just people who want to go to Parliament. We are happy we are still appearing (on the radar screen),” says the struggle stalwart and former government director-general, who resigned from the ANC NEC in 2008 to join Cope.

She said she was still confident that the party could persuade people to vote for it in future.

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