Congress of the People (COPE) President Mosiuoa Lekota says South Africans are still exposed to the conditions they were living under during apartheid.

Lekota was addressing members and mayoral candidates during the manifesto launch in Kempton Park on Gauteng’s east rand ahead of the November 1st elections.

Lekota has urged South Africans to vote for change when they head to the polls.

“We are still in the conditions that were created by apartheid then. Schools toilets are pit toilets. Children are falling in there and dying, day in and day out, many years after we have won power. You are here to ensure that you build a party, that you educate the men and women of this country to vote for you so that you can clean all these shacks which are everywhere you look, so that you can build schools, toilets in which our children will not continue to fall (into) and die.”

COPE leader’s address at party’s 2021 Municipal Elections manifesto launch:

Earlier this week, party President Mosioua Lekota announced its mayoral candidates for the three metros in Gauteng.

COPE is one of the political parties that used the IEC’s extension of the candidate registration process to register candidates that it had failed to register before the initial August deadline.

The party is expected to announce all the municipalities it plans to contest in, as well as its plans before South Africans head to the polls.