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THOSE people who are already writing Cope's obituary are not presenting a conclusive argument.
They are alarmists and yet want to give Cope a chance. A dysfunctional party's books would be in a shambles and Cope would not be preparing for a national conference if its books were not in order.
In addition, all their MPs have constituency offices, which are not run with peanuts. And in Parliament each MP has a secretary and the party also has research teams.
All these are funded by the disputed R20million. Cope's president was wrong to go public with his suspicions. That needed internal party processes.
Management of lobbying has been a cause for concern, but it must be seen in the light of the elective conference and also that some members are bound to be overly excited .
Cope is still the only party that has the potential to unseat the ruling party. It has the backing of all South Africans. It does not just represent particular interest groups such as the DA and is not like the IFP, which largely represents one ethnic group.
Anyone who wants to write an obituary for Cope must put a moratorium on such plans, at least until the conference.
The conference will be a litmus test for the party and if it elects a leadership that all its members are actively rallying round the coming of Jesus would be very close because the days of ANC rule would be coming to an end.
South Africans are dying for an alternative party.
They are just momentarily disappointed, but they are crossing their fingers for Cope to succeed.
And Cope dare not falter.
Lukhona Mnguni, Durban