R30: Cope defends members’ fee

2008-12-15 00:00

COPE leaders do not believe that their membership fee of R30, making it the most expensive political party in the country, is too high.

Lekota said the organisation must be carried by the members.

He said members paid their own way to the Congress and for the rally today Cope will not be sending buses to collect members, who will make their own arrangements to get there.

Lekota added that membership at football clubs is in the region of R30 and ordinary people pay this amount.

Comparatively, the ANC charges its members R12.

While Cope made public its organisational report, it is yet to release a financial report. Lekota said in the short space of time since the party came into being, they have not completed an audit, but will release it when it is completed. “We will not hide our finances, we will make it known to the nation.”

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