COPE won't miss DA defectors

Three members of COPE's provincial and national structures joined the DA on Tuesday.

COPE President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's constantly gaining more support after scooping up three members from the Congress of the People (COPE) on Tuesday.

COPE says it wishes their former members well, but will not miss them.

The DA proudly welcomed the former members of COPE's Gauteng provincial and national executive structures at The Mills in Newtown.

The three are Nozipho Didiza-Ndlela, former National Secretary of the COPE Women's Movement, Norman Mohale, former COPE Gauteng Deputy Secretary and Vulindlela Xundu, former COPE West Rand Regional Secretary.

In a media statement released on Tuesday, the party said the three joined the DA because "they believe in our vision for a united and prosperous South Africa.

"Over the last few years, they have come to see that the DA is now the only party in South Africa with a credible plan to create jobs, fight corruption and deliver basic services."

The DA's Mmusi Maimane added that the move reflected the changing shape of the South African political landscape.

"There are many others who are coming on board, which is a clear indicator of the fact that South Africans are reaching a point of the realignment of politics."

COPE's J.J. Abrie however said these members were not of great importance to his party.

"We are obviously always sad when a member leaves the party, but they will not be greatly missed. They were not active in the structures for more than two years, and we can just wish them well."