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'People who stay at home with their votes undermine democracy'

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota has urged South Africans to go and vote on 3 August.

President of the Congress of the People (Cope) Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota says South Africans who abstain from voting are 'undermining the country's democracy'.

Lekota made the comment while electioneering in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town today.

He believes Cope will be the kingmakers in the City of Cape Town where they currently hold three council seats.

Support for the party has dwindled over the years as Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa fought for control of the organisation.

Lekota says South Africans must go and vote on 3 August.

"Everybody must go and vote because people who stay at home with their votes are undermining democracy and they are keeping this ANC and the corruption that is going on in place, so it's vital that people must go and vote."