Re-elected Congress of the People (COPE) president Mosiuoa Lekota says recent revelations at the State Capture Commission, that implicates some government officials, are the tip of the iceberg, because more corrupt politicians will be implicated. He says as long as the African National Congress (ANC) is still in power the poor will remain poor and the economy of the country will continue to deteriorate.

COPE has used its three-day conference to examine its readiness for the upcoming general elections in May. The second party elective conference also introduced what it calls a unique system, where members in good standing and who could not attend the conference, can also vote.

Party president Mosiuoa Lekota has criticised government’s plan to expropriate land without compensation. He has urged South Africans to vote for a party that will be accountable to the masses.

“What we are saying today is South Africa it may have taken you long to get this revelation. It’s not too late you have an opportunity in the coming elections to vote these criminals out. Because President [Nelson] Mandela said to us we have a challenge to vote the good man and woman in the country so that they guide our people in right direction.”

Lekota also says South Africans don’t deserve a party that undermines the Constitution. He says significant numbers of citizens lost their lives under the present government and cited the Marikana massacre and the Mothutlong protest where two people were killed.

“You see when we formed COPE we told people that we couldn’t be part of the party that said it said is above the Constitution, that is what Zuma said. When Nelson Mandela, OR Tambo and Albertina Sisulu authorised and gave Mandela the mandate to sign this, they were satisfied themselves that this is the only reliable framework.”

COPE has postponed the announcement of its election manifesto and will outline it soon.