Cope to decide on coalitions

2011-05-23 11:08

Cape Town - The Congress of the People has not yet decided whether it will enter into coalition agreements with other parties, a spokesperson for the Mosiuoa Lekota faction said on Monday.

Phillip Dexter said the party's working committee would meet on Monday and its congress national committee on Tuesday.

"At these meetings we will discuss the elections and the results and whether we want coalitions," he said.

Dexter said he could not comment on a possible national coalition agreement with the DA until the meetings were over.

On Monday, Business Day reported the chairperson of the DA’s federal executive, James Selfe, saying that the DA and Cope were discussing a national deal that would cover municipalities where coalitions were possible.

Dexter also declined to comment on whether Cope would work with the ANC.

"I cannot make any comment on those things until the meetings are over. We will release a statement once the meetings are over," he said.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-23 11:19

    Who sits with the power now? Democracy is a farce!

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-23 11:37

      Democracy is two wolfs and a sheep voting on who to eat.

      Gorilla - 2011-05-23 13:11


  • Sir-Vic - 2011-05-23 11:29

    DA and COPE must enter into coalition agreement period.

      daboss247365 - 2011-05-23 11:38

      No Thank you, COPE = ANC fatcats.. the worst of the lot, so pathetic even the ANC left them behind. All Mbeki Era blind leftists. Cope is a farce & should be removed from the political landscape altogether. the last few years proved this. their voters should hide in shame. The DA should practice running the councils they have, set good standards, & groom new leaders for when their influence grows potentially for next elections.

      Blougroen - 2011-05-23 13:20

      No - no coalition between DA and COPE untill they have resolved their internal leadership and ego struggles - absolutely not - which COPE will arrive today ?

  • Yoda - 2011-05-23 11:30

    enemy of my enemy is my friend...

      terry - 2011-05-23 11:45

      Yeah - that's what America thought when the USSR was occupying Afghanistan back in the 80's and 90's, and America were supplying arms and logistical support to the Taliban and people like Osama bin Laden.

      vusi22 - 2011-05-23 12:05

      Its true Yoda

  • ChrisG - 2011-05-23 11:31

    So Cope broke away from the ANC and now are now considering a coalition with the ANC? What a joke they are.

      vusi22 - 2011-05-23 12:06

      ChrisG,politicians are from the same planet

      Sikelela - 2011-05-23 19:24

      chief. I dont think is the Cope that seeks the coalition with the ANC, It is the Anc that seeks the coalition with Cope. That wont happen. Malema and his spokesperson Shivambu must close their mouths because their are the liars ( amaxoki angenanyani no kukhohlisa abantu) they have said Cope will not get even one seat after elections in SA, I want to give them the numbers as follows 251 Councilors represents COPE nationally , this shows that ppeople of south africa need real change. AMANDLA NGABANTU , VIVA COPE VIVA

  • Deset Rat - 2011-05-23 11:35

    Its a no brainer, Cope, UDM and the new kid on the block in KZN should form a coalition with DA. If they do the likes of JZ and Malema will be riding out into the sunset come 2014!

      SOOTHSAYER - 2011-05-23 12:16

      Your desperation to bringk back white rule is so evident in your writing, if U may ask me! sadly people will talk in 2014........what will u do next, as the DA has reached it limit!

  • george - 2011-05-23 11:46

    as far as i know there is no municipality,ward or council where COPE holds kingmaker status. based on the election results COPE has nothing to offer either the DA or ANC.

      Peter - 2011-05-23 13:55

      Cope is in the Kingmakes position in Plett.

      Sikelela - 2011-05-23 19:28

      You must read and practise to analyse the situation political. where do you get this wrong information. are u political minded

  • sefeddt - 2011-05-23 11:47

    I fear a coalition with COPE who are in reality just disgruntled ANC members who feared losing power and privalges after backing the wrong horse in the Zuma vs Mbeki race will not be a good idea. The infighting in COPE that ocurred will be repeated in an alliance with COPE demanding the top jobs with with most perks.

  • Al - 2011-05-23 11:49

    The question being whether anybody would want to go into a coalition with Cope;;;;;;;;;;;;

  • stofsuier - 2011-05-23 11:50


      Mark - 2011-05-23 12:17

      VF does not share any common value with DA and COPE. Besides, cope and vf do not have any value in terms of vote count - 2011-05-23 12:20

      VF? Not a chance!

  • Mad man - 2011-05-23 11:55

    Lets Cope and DA work jointly - that will be a perfect Coalition of Racists

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-23 12:03

    In politics you sleep with your enemy.Enemy of my enemy is my friend

  • Albo - 2011-05-23 12:05

    The DA are slowly getting back some ground after the ANC keeps messing things up. If Cope joins, they`ll want all the management positions and nice cars only. Please don`t drag yourself backwards DA - eventually people will realize their mistakes.

  • mariushr - 2011-05-23 12:16

    Please explain to me why this paper, and SAPA for that matter, insists on referring to "the Mosiuoa Lekota faction"? What is your justification?

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  • mhaga.sabe - 2011-05-23 12:36

    Normally "birds of a feather flock together" but our abnormal racial democracy says forget your philosophy and policy thrust but focus on power. All progressive forces should put their minor differences aside and form coalitions on the basis of a common agenda, future and common path to that defined destiny. But what we see is NFP wud rather go to bed with ANC than IFP, Cope wants DA than ANC etc. The politics of coalitions are also very interesting in the light of ID disappearing into the DA and NP into the ANC. Zille has said DA does not want coalitions because they are a nightmare to administer more so if you put if you deal with characters from the PAC, IFP or ANC backgrounds. Smaller parties must be worried DA will swallow them like they have done with the ID, so we are most likely to continue to have these splinter groups, small parties that continue to weaken the opposition. All this plays into the hands of the ANC who are ready "to govern till Jesus comes" If DA want to be a big party like the ANC DA must be ready to be transparent, democratic, non-racial, and be prepared to be skinned alive and still live like the ANC does. DA must have nine lives like Mugabe, otherwise DA will die of heart attack.

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