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Cope strengthens ties with the opposition

The political party says opposition politics is the only way to get the ANC out of govt.

The Congress of the People (Cope) says opposition politics is the way forward for South Africa and is the only way to get the African National Congress (ANC) out of government. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says opposition politics is the way forward for South Africa and is the only way to get the African National Congress (ANC) out of government.

The political party has resolved, at its national congress this weekend, it forms coalitions with other parties in order to strengthen the opposition and oppose the ANC in the coming election.

Mosiuoa Lekota has been elected unopposed as the party's new president.

Cope spokesperson Johann Abrie says the party has been instructed to focus on strengthening ties with other opposition parties.

"We should try and bring as many opposition parties together under one umbrella so that once the election results are known and the ANC has dropped below 50 percent in the province, we then get together with other parties - including the Democratic Alliance (DA) - and form a coalition government."

Meanwhile Cope has dismissed media reports claiming the party is broke.

Lekota and ousted leader Mbhazima Shilowa have been embroiled in a leadership battle for the past four years.

The party is currently wrapping up its last day of its national congress in Boksburg, where the election manifesto was discussed and new leaders were elected.

Abrie says the party has a R30 million budget for the election campaign and is definitely not broke.

"We are spending a fortune on our election campaign at the moment. Obviously we don't have as much money as we would like to have but we are not broke, that's not true."