n Journal for Contemporary History - The formation of the Congress of the People (COPE) : a realistic challenge to the ANC?

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



After the Limpopo Conference of the ANC in December 2007, it became clear that a split in the party was imminent. Those defeated in Limpopo were said to be disillusioned with the new incoming leadership of Jacob Zuma. Cracks of leadership squabbles within the ANC continued until mid-2008 when a new political party was formed by those who were deemed dissatisfied with the leadership that had been chosen in Limpopo. Some political analysts argued that the formation of the Congress of the People (COPE) provided South Africans with an unprecedented opportunity to end the race-based voting patterns that had characterized the country's politics since 1994.

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