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Cope prepares for first national congress

The political party will hold its congress at Boksburg on Gauteng’s East Rand this weekend.

The Congress of the People says it is excited ahead of its first national congress. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of the People (Cope) will hold its first national congress this weekend.

Election results for the party's national leadership are currently being verified after the majority of provinces concluded their congresses this past weekend.

The national congress will be held in Boksburg on Gauteng's East Rand.

Cope's Johann Abrie says new leadership will steer the party towards the national and provincial elections.

"We need elected leaders in place and this is why this weekend is so important. We are going to elect a brand new leadership to take the Congress of the People forward."

Abrie says they are ready to face other parties at the ballot box.

"We are very excited that at long last, we will now have the opportunity to go to conference. South Africans have been disappointed that we're hitting a rough patch in our short existence. We are very excited and we are going to recover a lot of the lost ground."

The party, formed in 2008, has been marred by political infighting in the past few years between factions loyal to Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa.

Last October, a court ruled Lekota was the party's only legitimate leader.

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