COPE re-establishes itself ahead of elections

After weathering its leadership battles Congress of the People (COPE) is trying to re-establish itself and go into the local elections, much stronger.


Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota was on the campaign trail at the Tudor shaft informal settlement in Randfontein, West Rand.

The people there say they are a forgotten community as poverty is rife and employment scarce.

For Mantshese Maholo, a widow, taking care of six children on a monthly salary of R1000 is grim.

She has been living here for more than two decades and hopes after the local government elections – her life will change for the better. “We don’t know if we would ever receive help like they always promise. They just come to make promises [and] they never deliver.”

Lekota says the community should give his party a chance. “It must be the leadership which when the budget has come through prioritises the needs of the people and what can be done. If you look at it like this, it looks like it [is] impossible to correct this thing and yet it can be done,” adds Lekota.

With only three weeks left before voters go to the polls, the party hopes to make inroads in the municipalities.

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