Ma’Mbeki will soon be COPE-ing

Former president Thabo Mbeki’s mother Epainette, commonly known as Ma’Mbeki, has told Eyewitness News that...

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Former president Thabo Mbeki’s mother Epainette, commonly known as Ma’Mbeki, has told Eyewitness News that she supports the launch of a new political party such as the Congress of the People in South Africa.

She appeared at a COPE launch in the Eastern Cape on Thursday sitting alongside the party’s Deputy President Mbhazima Shilowa and dressed in party colours.

COPE said that she would appear at several more events over the next few days.

However, Ma’Mbeki said she was not officially a member yet.

She said that her presence there must not be misinterpreted as an automatic endorsement.

“That’s not the case that I had attended the rally," said Epainette Mbeki.

Ma’Mbeki said that she had not signed the COPE membership forms yet but it would happen in the future.

“I haven’t joined COPE yet, but I will join COPE eventually."

The 92-year-old struggle veteran received a warm welcome from COPE supporters when she appeared on stage at the rally on Thursday.

She was vague about whether she had officially left the African National Congress.

“It’s not proper to say, I’m a member of this and a member of another thing,” she said.

COPE said that Ma’Mbeki would appear at several more of its rallies over the next few days in the run up to its election manifesto launch next weekend.