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Cope blames 'fear tactics' for failure

By unknown | Apr 28, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Cope says it would have won more votes in KwaZulu-Natal had its campaigners not been intimidated.

Cope garnered 54611 votes in KwaZulu-Natal, or 1,55percent of the vote, translating into one seat in the provincial legislature.

The party believes it fared reasonably well given that it was launched less than five months before the elections.

Provincial secretary Phillip Mhlongo said most people who voted for Cope are still afraid to voice their support openly.

"Cope leaders in the province operated under extremely difficult conditions during the election campaign," he said.

Mhlongo claimed that the party had been forced to operate as if it had been banned, but "voting patterns have shown confidence across all races, rural and urban, working and middleclass areas".


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