COPE takes manifesto to the people

The Congress of the People have begun preparing for its election manifesto launch on Saturday at a...

COPE supporters gather at New Brighton Library near Port Elizabeth ahead of the launch of the party’s election manifesto. Picture: Mandy Wiener/Eyewitness News

The Congress of the People have begun preparing for its election manifesto launch on Saturday at a rally in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on">Port Elizabeth in the <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile, the United Democratic Movement has also confirmed that it would be launching its manifesto at Nasrec in the south of <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg.

COPE held a fundraising dinner on Friday night and has suggested it would take a more lenient approach to affirmative action but it has also been criticised for being business friendly.

High profile businessman Andile Mazwai said COPE’s views have to be seen in context.

So far the policy seem to be prudent we have to wait until the manifesto is officially launched to be able to go through and give some sort of comment but of course there have been some noises around policies with regard to black economic empowerment and affirmative action. So those are the details that we will be looking to have clarity on,” Mazwai said. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>