South Africa

Cope still a registered party, IEC confirms

Cope registration IEC
Picture File: Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota during a joint press conference with AfriForum. Picture: Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Dean Vivier

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has confirmed that the Congress of the People (Cope) remains a registered political party with the commission, despite being de-registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) under the Companies Act.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said in a statement that Cope remained registered with the commission as a political party in terms of Section 15 (A) (1) of the Electoral Commission Act 51 of 1996.