The parties had previously occupied one seat each in the Bisho Provincial Legislature. Cope’s Bishop Lievie Sharpley has described the development as a setback.
“We have to do introspection and if it means starting all over then we will be fundraising, was difficult, even when you fundraise you must first have money to invest in the preparations since Cope at the beginning, the president (Mosioua Lekota) and Shilowa (Mbhazima, Cope former deputy president) we never recovered properly, because a lot of resources disappeared then.”
The AIC has attributed its poor performance to the lack of funds. “I would attribute our performance to the issue of financial constraints. As a smaller party, we don’t have that financial muscles where we can move around the country to campaign, to get people our message across, also attribute it to the number of contestations. Remember there are over 43 parties,” says spokesperson Mxolisi Koom.
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