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COPE president, Mosiuoa Lekota spent yesterday in KwaZulu-Natal campaigning for his party ahead of today's three by-elections in the province.
By-elections are scheduled to take place in eThekwini Metro in Durban, Msunduzi municipality in Pietermaritzburg and Dannhauser municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal.
Lekota began his campaign by meeting white and Indian communities in Umhlanga yesterday afternoon. He also visited shack dwellers in Effingham, Briardene and Cato Crest.
"We have no electricity and are in great need of proper houses. I have been staying in this shack for seven years and the living conditions have never changed," said Moses Dlamini.
"But maybe my plight is better compared to that of other people who have been living here for 11 years and where five people are forced to share one leaking shack," Dlamini said.
Lekota told his audience that their plight highlighted the need for strong local government, particularly councillors who cared about the people.
He said it was important for Cope to mobilise and set up branches in all the cities before they could even think of making an impact in the local government elections.
He said local government elections were about branches.
"We will begin to measure ourselves at the end of the year as by then we would have set up structures in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Free State," Lekota said.