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'Time has come and gone for Cope'

According to a political analyst, it is a little too late for a comeback from Cope.

Cope President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - One political analyst on Tuesday said the Congress of the People's time has come and gone.

Cope acting deputy president Smuts Ngonyama and co-founder Mluleki George unveiled the party's comeback strategy on Monday.

Ngonyama said the party will rise like a phoenix from the ashes as it begins to mobilise members and supporters in coming weeks.

But political analyst Susan Booysen believes it is a little too late.

"There has been so much infighting and so much discontent that it would have to be some miraculous intervention that would bring back that earlier era."

Cope is welcoming back suspended and expelled members.

Ngonyama said even expelled co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa is welcome to return.

"Absolutely. The room is open for him. Only if he regards himself as a member of the organisation that he would subject himself under the leadership of Lekota."