Lekota 'eats his hat'

The Cope leader had promised to eat his hat if his party won fewer votes than in the 2009 elections.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota 'eats his hat as promised after his party scored low numbers on 9 May 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota has 'eaten his hat' at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s National Results Operation Centre in Pretoria.

This came after he promises to do so if his party won fewer votes than in 2009 general elections.

Cope won substantially fewer votes this time around, scoring only 0,68 percent of the vote.

But Lekota said despite the party's poor performance, he was not yet ready to retire from politics.

"When I made this commitment to eat my hat, it was out of faith and belief in the commitment of each and every member of the Congress of the People. Therefore, I am going to now bite this hat."

Lekota said Cope was here to stay despite failing to garner the same fraction of votes it did in 2009.

"We feel that what we have achieved so far enables us to rise up to the occasion in the years that lie ahead."

Lekota said he will now call a meeting with the National Executive Committee to discuss future plans.

"We intend to call the congress national party to make an assessment of both the election campaign and the state of our party."

He conceded that the leadership squabble between him and former party leader came at a huge cost

"Recovery came at a very late stage and at a huge cost of resources but the building of any political party must have its ups and downs."

He did not rule out the possibility of a coalition with like-minded parties.

"In the immediate future, we will be engaging with sister political parties with whom we have made preliminary agreements to work together going forward."