Congress of the People (COPE) President, Mosiuoa Lekota says his party will work hard to fight corruption. Lekota was on the campaign trail in Limpopo, this weekend.
The Congress of the People unveiled its mayoral candidates for the Senwabarana area for the upcoming local government elections.
Lekota met with local headmen before addressing members of the party at a sports field. He focused largely on the fight against corruption.
“You remember the people when you respect the people and look after them. When you give their money to their children, those people will not forget you. Don’t go to government and say ‘I am going to look after myself.’ Go to government and say ‘I am going to look after the people of our country because when I look after the people of my country, our people will remember and therefore, they will look after you.'”
On Saturday, he campaigned at Sekgosese near Modjadiskloof. He said COPE will not tolerate ward councillors who do not serve the needs of their respective communities.
He says the party has not yet determined the overall number of candidates that have been successfully registered for the election.
Lekota added that his party plans to approach the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)N in order to finalise the list of party candidates.
“We have not received the registered number of all our candidates and I have to be clear about this, that very many of our candidates that we registered have not been recorded and we are still going to take it up with the IEC, where we are able to show that we have submitted names (and yet) they were not captured. What we need to be sure about is if they were not captured because of the IEC or were they not captured because of shortcomings in our registration system.”
The party will head to the Free State and the Northern Cape to campaign there this week.
COPE says it will gain a higher number of votes during the upcoming elections as compared to the party’s 2016 performance.
In the previous local government elections, the party only attained 0.48% of the national vote.