Sometime last year Archbishop Desmond Tutu declared publicly that he wouldn't be exercising his right to vote in the coming general elections.
This was out of despair with the direction in which the current ANC leadership was taking the country.
Tutu's cry echoed that of many South Africans who had seen their freedoms and democracy trampled on, ironically by former freedom fighters.
His cry was a wake-up call to all South Africans to stand up and be counted in the same way as against the monster of apartheid.
Tutu's call was answered when South Africans, as envisaged in the preamble of the Freedom Charter, came together at the Sandton Convention Centre and resolved to form a political party to set a new agenda for hope and change.
Those charged with this historic task of giving shape and content to the envisaged party were subjected to unimaginable savagery by those who trade in despair.
All manner of hurdles were put in their way in an attempt to undermine their resolve.
The fruits of the labour of these brave and selfless men and women were realised in many ways ahead of the historic launch in Bloemfontein.
The ANC lost out to the still-to-be-launched party in the Cape by-elections.
As if this was not enough it went on to lose its high court bid to bar the envisaged party from adopting the name Congress of the People.
It is common knowledge that the ANC has since abandoned its frivolous stalking of Cope by withdrawing all legal applications against the new kid on the block.
The Cope founding congress adopted policies that offer hope and change for the better to a South Africa currently gripped by despair.
A leadership charged with the stewardship of this new agenda for hope and change reflects the rainbow nation of God as proclaimed by Tutu at the dawn of our freedom and democracy.
What is now left for us is to embrace this new agenda for hope and change.