COPE was founded in 2008 by former African National Congress party members. The name of the party is derived from the 1955 Congress of the People gathering that adopted the Freedom Charter.

According to COPE, it is a “…progressive social democratic party that was formed as an opposition party that is meant to govern.  We are committed to protecting the marginalised and most vulnerable members of society while ensuring reliable wealth generation in the South African economy.”

COPE currently has three Members of Parliament in the National Assembly.

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