Cope LogoCongress of the People believes that the next President of South Africa could very well be someone other than Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or Cyril Ramaphosa.

The circus that is going on in parliament and the prolonged stagnancy of the economy will continue to erode support for the tripartite alliance. The ruling party has lived large at the expense of taxpayers and any moves to replenish the fiscus with new taxes will lead to a revolt and loss of political support. University students are agitated and people at large have waited in vain for the promised transformation. Empty promises will have no currency in the future.

The President laughs heartily and often, in parliament, as the country’s woes deepen. People need answers, not comic relief.

COPE has for the past six years worked tirelessly to achieve greater cohesion within opposition parties in order to provide South Africa with a credible alternative to the ruling party. We are still very busy at present talking to community organizations and other formations to examine new possibilities in the political terrain. Good people must come forward to lead and lend their expertise.

Prof AP Faure, from Grahamstown, wrote an excellent and well researched open letter to all members of parliament and other influential persons in South Africa on 12 November, 2015. In his letter he offered a very detailed and scientific analysis of what politicians and influential people had to do to realise South Africa’s enormous economic potential. The professor and South Africa would have expected a detailed response from the ruling party by now. That has not happened. Ruling party MPs are ready to go on holiday.

COPE accepts the letter as a patriotic contribution and agrees with Faure on many issues. If South Africa does what he is suggesting, in the main, we will certainly have greater prosperity now and in the future.

By 2019, South Africans will have had 25 years of ANC government and the ruling party will have exhausted all its excuses for not delivering the promised transformation and job creation. The ruling party will certainly lose further support and cynicism will cause many voters to stay away on polling day. A time for change is drawing closer.

Like in Canada over the past few months, South African voters will also begin to place their own interests first. They too will actively rally support among themselves to vote strategically to determine who should go to parliament and what real changes they should effect on their behalf. Voter sentiment will be influenced by voter needs.

Neither Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma nor Cyril Ramaphosa may warm the presidential seat in 2019. It is certainly not a given that either will become South Africa’s next president.

Issued by Dennis Bloem, Cope spokesperson

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