Lekota satisfied with Cope showing

2011-05-20 22:27

Pretoria - Congress of the People (Cope) president Mosiuoa Lekota is satisfied with his party's performance in the 2011 local government elections.

Speaking at a press conference at the election centre in Pretoria on Friday, Lekota said the results proved that Cope was a national party that had secured seats in various municipalities across the country.

According to the latest results from the Independent Electoral Commission at 20:30 on Friday, the party had received a total of 701 322 votes or 2.23% of the national vote.

This had resulted in the party obtaining 251 seats on various municipalities across the country.

"Cope did not go into this election at full strength. We have proven that Cope has a presence and a foothold across the nation."

Lekota said he was "satisfied" with the party's performance, but that "we would like to see the Congress of the People in a stronger position than it is".

He referred to the leadership battles with Mbhazima Shilowa, saying that a number of candidates had failed to register on time as candidates while they awaited the outcome of a Western Cape High Court challenge to Lekota's leadership.

  • Bev - 2011-05-20 23:41

    Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa have done their country and followers an enormous disservice. Instead of providing the electorate with a viable opposition party, the put their own selfish egos first and have damaged what could have emerged as a strong opposition party that would add to a healthy and robust political landscape.

      Wernerkwane - 2011-05-21 07:05

      African leaders... Gadaffi, Mugabe, Gbagbo the list goes on and on and on

  • Airwolf - 2011-05-21 00:37

    You can't be serious Lekota? you and Shilowa have single handedly torn COPE apart to a point that they are barely a flicker on the radar.

  • ricardo.mafuna - 2011-05-21 05:26

    Lekota cant be serious with what he is saying,how can he be impressed with such percentage,Cope could have been one of strongest opposition party but failed because of greed.

  • Grayman - 2011-05-21 07:29

    That is the whole problem. The vast majority of the electorate are 'satisfied' with mediocrity or failure. They are like babies born in jail - they don't know any better. But that said; They SHOULD know better. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

  • Fair - 2011-05-21 12:33

    I think its a good comment by Lekota, he also admitted that the party could have done better. But yes the damage is done already and the question is will the majority of SA trust the COPE again?

  • Mdavu-zn - 2011-05-23 07:36


  • Papsak - 2011-05-23 12:12

    Not the smartest chap around, I am afraid!!

  • Honest - 2011-05-24 16:11

    I better not comment on Lekota , Ever !!

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