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Cope gaining strength - Lekota

The Congress of the People (Cope) celebrated its fourth birthday over the weekend.

The Congress of the People (Cope) has celebrated its fourth birthday.

CAPE TOWN - The leadership of the Congress of the People (Cope) believes the party is gaining strength.

Cope was founded by former ANC members Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George in 2008.

The organisation celebrated its fourth year as a political party during the weekend.

Plagued by in fighting many top officials, left the group and returned to the ANC.

However, current leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Mosiuoa Lekota believes the celebrations are an indication the party is growing stronger.

He says they are busy with a party renewal programme to gain more members.

"The last time I checked we were beyond 18,000."

Lekota says he is aware many still question the stability of the group.

"We must continue to stabilise and strengthen our structures on the ground because those are very important going to the national congress."

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