On Monday, 13 August, President of the Congress of the People (Cope) Mosiuoa Lekota celebrated his 70th birthday.
Taking to social media, Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen conrgagualted the Cope leader on his milestone birthday.
"Wishing fellow MP and Cope leader @MTLekota a super happy birthday today. May you be blessed with many more Sir," he captioned a photo of Lekota.
Messages came streaming in on Twitter, as South Africans wished Lekota a happy birthday.
Social media user Pamela, @PamelaSalalah, commented: "Happy Happy Mr. Lekota. May the Lord bless you today and always. A true gentleman of politics, thank you for your hard work and dedication."
David Masoeu added, "Happy birthday ntate Lekota. May almighty God bless you with many more."
So, in honour of his 70th birthday, Briefly.co.za decided to gather four quick facts about his life and career.
1. Humble beginnings
Lekota was born on 13 August 1948 in Kroonstad, where he attended the Emma Farm School. The Cope leader went on to complete the majority of his high school career Mariazel High School, but ended up graduating from St. Francis College in Mariannhill in 1969.
2. Personal life
After matriculating, Lekota went on to study towards a social science degree at the University of the North.
However, due to his political activity during those years, Lekota was expelled from the higher education institution.
As for his relationships, the Cope leader married Cynthia Lekota, with whom he has three children.
3. ANC career
Before establishing his own political party, Lekota served as a member of the ANC from 1990 until 2008.
He held various positions in the ruling party, including the Minister of Defence. However, when Thabo Mbeki resigned as the head of state in September 2008, Lekota was one of 10 minister to submit their resignations, Wikipedia reported.
4. Founding Cope
After resigning from the ANC, Mbeki's supporters started their own party and on 8 October 2008, Cope was introduced to South Africa.
The new party received a lot of backlash from ANC leaders, but it was welcomed by opposing party presidents, including the DA's Helen Zille and UDM's Bantu Holomisa.
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