Cope open to coalitions

2011-05-18 21:01

Johannesburg - The embattled Congress of the People remained open to coalitions with opposition parties, its acting deputy general secretary Lyndall Shope-Mafole said on Wednesday.

"We are absolutely open to coalitions because South Africans forget that the very birth of our first democratic state was a coalition between the ANC and the National Party," she said at the Independent Electoral Commission results centre in Pretoria.

"So why shouldn't opposition parties enter into coalitions if those stark opposites could?" she asked.

Cope has been plagued by infighting, with each of its co-founders Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa, at one point, declaring themselves president of the party.

Shope-Mafole said the party had "great expectations" of its performance in its first local election on Wednesday.

"Anything that we win is basically from zero. People wrote us off so that puts less pressure on us."

  • Honcho - 2011-05-18 21:07

    COPE is a joke!!

      Francois - 2011-05-18 21:23

      Don't you think it is ironic that Cope's leaders can not even between themselves find a coalition? Shope - Mafole, the first government of the democratic SA was not a coalition - it was a government of national unity as determined beforehand in negotiations. It was like the alleged peace accord negotiated by Racist Mbeki in Zim, it was not a coalition. It seems as if your party struggles with the concept coalition: Maybe you should ask Zille and de Lille to explain.

      shandycop - 2011-05-19 02:28

      Y can't u at least try 2 support that cope is possibly an alternative 2 anc? Instead of slating them all the time. Unless DA change their approach it wil take many years 4 them 2 get a meaningful chunk of the black vote. No black vote, no real power. U cn at least support parties who may help split anc's support + win black votes.

  • Chibuli - 2011-05-18 21:24

    Joke or not, as long as they take away ANC votes in this, their first local election, will be good for South African politics.

      Hasane william - 2011-05-18 21:44

      It Will end up like UDM

  • tdk25 - 2011-05-18 21:46

    Who is COPE??

  • ANTIZIONIST - 2011-05-18 21:49

    yeah...will be lucky if you get any votes !!

  • Bra Bokwe - 2011-05-19 00:47

    Surprise us again Cope, so we can cope.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-19 07:02

    Time to join the DA and get an insight into intelligent politics.

  • Nomhlolo - 2011-05-19 14:28

    What was cope's focus at the first time?

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