Congress of the People (COPE) President Mosiuoa Lekota is campaigning in Limpopo this weekend ahead of the November Local Government Elections.
Lekota and other party leaders, including National Spokesperson Dennis Bloem, have interacted with the community at Sekgosese near Modjadjiskloof.
Lekota says COPE has not yet determined the overall number of candidates that have been successfully registered. He says they plan to approach the Independent Electoral Commission in order to finalise the list of party candidates.
“We have not received the registered number of all our candidates and I have to be clear about this that very many of our candidates that we registered have not been recorded and we are still going to take it up with the IEC, where we are able to show that we have submitted names, they were not captured. What we need to be sure about … was it they were not captured because of the IEC or were they not captured because of shortcomings in our registration system.”
Lekota warned that COPE will recall its ward councillors who do not serve the needs of communities.
“All the councillors that are elected under the congress of the people can expect to be recalled if they are not serving the people. Secondly, even those that are elected under other political parties, we will talk to those people and explain to them the reason you don’t have your services it is because you have elected men and women who don’t understand how governance works.”
COPE outlined its manifesto and announced its plans ahead of the local government elections on 1 November. The party launched its manifesto in Kempton Park East of Johannesburg in September.
Despite dwindling support, the party is confident ahead of the local government elections. In the 2019 general elections, COPE received over 47 000 votes, securing only 2 seats in Parliament.
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