Lekota absent as Cope implodes

2014-05-09 00:00

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota did not appear at the counting centre of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Pretoria yesterday, nor did he answer his phone as it became clear that his party had finally imploded after five years of strife.

Cope, which won 7,42% of the national vote in the 2009 election, had only 0,70% of the nation’s support this time round.

Lekota’s spokesperson Johann Abrie said it was a huge setback for the party. “I had set a conservative goal of 2,5% for us, but it looks as if we won’t even get one percent.”

Like Lekota, Agang leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele was also conspicuously absent after the first day’s results showed her party had only garnered 0,25% of the national vote. Her spokesperson Mark Peach, did not want to comment until the final count was announced.

“The votes in Tzaneen had not yet been counted and that is one of our strongest areas,” was all that he was willing to say.

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