COPE president Mosiuoa Lekota will lead a high-level delegation of the party's national leaders to launch an election campaign in Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend.
Lekota – along with COPE's national head of elections, Dennis Bloem, national organiser Willie Madisha and spokesman Johan Abrie – will be in the Bay today and tomorrow to train the volunteers who will drive the party's campaign in the next eight months.
The COPE leaders will meet the media tonight to outline their party's election strategy. In the 2011 local government elections, COPE got 4.95% of the vote in the metro.
COPE's Bay secretary, Rano Kayser, said: "The members are here to take stock of the region in preparation for the elections. On Saturday we will have regional election training and then the campaigning will start from there." – Rochelle de Kock