By-elections give Cope a rude awakening

The hype around the newly formed political party Cope is slowly but surely fading away.

The hype around the newly formed political party Cope is slowly but surely fading away.

People are now beginning to see the new party for what it is - a party of disgruntled people who are brought together by their hatred for Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema.

Cope is not as popular with the masses as it would have us believe. And the sooner the new party realises and accepts that, the better for it.

The fact that it enjoys positive media coverage does not necessarily mean that it has the support of the poor.

The recent local by-elections held in some parts of the country gave Mosiuoa Lekota's party a rude awakening: the new kid on the block lost most of the wards to the ANC - the ruling party won 23 out of 28 wards.

The ANC's local by-elections victory is proof that it is still popular with the masses, despite the challenges it faces.

It is true that Cope won most of the wards in the Western Cape by-elections late last year. However, that cannot be used as a barometer to measure the party's support. The ANC didn't partake because it registered after the cut-off date.

One of the challenges faced by Cope is that it is trying very hard to appeal to whites in the name of non-racialism.

However, this feeds into the perception that Lekota's party is a party of elites. Doesn't Cope know that the votes that matter the most are those of the poor?

Thabile Mange, Kagiso

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