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Why COPE can’t cope: disillusionment and cynicism in South Africa

By Stephen Chan  

COPE leader Mosiua Lekota

Now that voting is underway, I’m going to put my head on the block and make some predictions. The combined opposition vote in the current South African elections will be about 27 per cent, with a reasonably high turnout. Even allowing for spoiled ballots, this will grant the ANC control of more than two thirds of parliamentary seats, enough for them to force changes in the constitution.

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