Is Cope maar net nog ‘n ander been van die ANC wat die grondwet steun? Van voor 1994 ken ons dit en dit woed steeds voort: Rewolusie, anargie, misdaad – anvalle, moorde, verkragtings, korrupsie op korrupsie is ‘n alledaagse gesig in hierdie land, wat eens geblom het as ‘n eerste wêreld land. F W de Klerk en sy koortjie van 1986-1992, die broederbonders en die liberaal verligtes, die kodesa gangers, die grondwetskrywers, moet in hul noppies wees wat hulle met die rewolusie van die ANC bereik het. Diegene wat “gesmag” het na die vrede wat mandela en de klerk se hande vir die wêreld uitgehou het, moet maar aan die nageslag oorgedra word – en dit is van moord en korrupsie. Inderdaad is dit net ‘n vals vlag hoop gewees. Daar was hoeveel van hierdie liberaal verligtes, nie net die Progs en DP nie, wat hulle na 1994 by die ANC aangesluit het. Vandag kan mens sien hoekom – want misdaad regeer die land. Onopgeloste skandale wat uitstaan na 1994, is die Wapenskandaal. Terloops die Kommando sisteem is ook deur Lekota laat verwyder wat spesifiek ingestel was om ons boere meer te beskerm, aangesien daar ook moorde was.
According to COPE, it is a “…progressive social democratic party that was formed as an opposition party that is meant to govern. We are committed to protecting the marginalised and most vulnerable members of society while ensuring reliable wealth generation in the South African economy.”
COPE currently has three Members of Parliament in the National Assembly.
Mr Lekota is leader of the Congress of the People (COPE). He grew up in Kroonstad, Free State. He was expelled from the University of the North due to his political involvement with the Student Representative Council and the Black Consciousness Movement. While the elected Permanent Organiser for the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO), he was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1974. Following his release in 1983, he was one of the defendants in the 1985 Delmas Treason Trial and imprisoned for four more years. Mr Lekota has served as Premier of the Free State, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and Minister of Defence
Cope and Afriforum
Lekota and AfriForum announced on seven months ago they had joined forces to request South Africans and the international community to pressure the African National Congress government not to amend the Constitution. “We do not agree with AfriForum on quite a number of issues. However, we think that it is important for all South Africans to work together on matters that they agree on which we believe will take our country forward. So, for us, this is just one step within that context.”
The Congress of the People is a South African political party formed in 2008 by former members of the African National Congress. The Congress of the People (COPE) is a South African political party formed in 2008 by former members of the African National Congress(ANC). The party was founded by former ANC members Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George to contest the 2009 general election. The party was announced following a national convention held in Sandton on 1 November 2008, and was founded at a congress held in Bloemfontein on 16 December 2008
Fomer members of the Congress of the People (COPE) in the Limpopo legislature, Patrick Sikhutshi and Tshilidzi Ravhuandzwo, were unveiled as new members of the ANC during the party’s provincial manifesto launch in Thohoyandou at the weekend. The two joined the ruling party together with more than 200 of their followers from COPE. President Cyril Ramaphosa gave yellow ANC T-shirts to the group to wear in front of multitudes who attended the event for the celebration of the party’s 107th anniversary and its provincial manifesto launch. Sikhutshi, who was also the party’s provincial chairperson, said he had confidence in Ramaphosa and promised to bring more members to the ruling party before the May 8 general elections.
Speaking during the event, Sikhutshi told thousands of people that he was ready to work hard to ensure that the ANC emerged victorious in the coming elections.
“President Ramaphosa, your message brings hope and renewal to the people of South Africa. It is against this background that I and other people decided to leave our political parties to join the ANC as we believe it is the only organisation that is capable of changing the lives of ordinary people for the better,” said Sikhutshi.
He said there were more than 100 members of COPE in the Burgersfort area who wanted to join the ANC. It was reported that there were more than 100 former COPE members who also wanted to come and join the ANC but could not make it due to lack of transport.
Reacting to the move, ANC provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane said it was a demonstration that the ANC was regaining its ground and would continue to recruit more members ahead of the elections.
“As the ANC we will continue to do our utmost to bring back more members and ensure a decisive victory in the coming elections,” Lekganyane said.
Commenting on the loss of members, COPE provincial secretary Erick Mohlapamaswi said they wished the people who had left them to join other parties well.
“The South African constitution allows any person to join any party of his or her choice. If indeed those people were our members then we wish them well. But we must also indicate that we, too, continue to welcome others in large numbers,” said Mohlapamaswi.