- The ANC in Limpopo has announced that two leading COPE figures have joined the ruling party
- The ANC has said that it hopes it will recruit more members before the upcoming election
- COPE has wished its departed members well following the move
2 COPE leaders and 200 of their supporters have reportedly joined the ANC.
Patrick Sikhutshi and Tshilidzi Ravhuandzwo were COPE members of the Limpopo legislature, but their switch to the ANC was announced this week.
The move comes with the 8 May elections little over a month away.
The new additions to the ANC were unveiled at the party's Limpopo manifesto launch in Thohoyandou.
Speaking at the event, Sikhutshi said he believed Cyril Ramaphosa had what it took to lead the country. Prior to joining the ANC, Sikhutshi was COPE's Limpopo provincial chairperson, Briefly.co.za learned.
COPE Provincial Secretary, Erick Mohlapamaswi, responded to the departure of Sikhutshi and Ravhuandzwo by wishing the two luck with the ANC. There appeared to be no hard feelings between the former party comrades.
These are the latest in several last-minute party switches that have taken place as the elections draw near. Former ANC MP, Vytjie Mentor, recently joined the ACDP, while Makhosi Khoza also announced that she was returning to ADeC after a "strategic retreat".
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ANC Provincial Secretary, Soviet Lekganyane, said that the fact that COPE members were abandoning their party to join the ANC proved that the ruling party was strengthening in support, according to The Sowetan.
He added that the party hoped to win over more members before the upcoming elections.
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