Johannesburg - Cope has strongly defended its relationship with AfriForum, claiming that it is based on mutual interests.
Cope spokesperson Shalati Glacier Nkhwashu was commenting on the party’s plans ahead of next year’s elections. Among them was the critique that Cope had a relationship with AfriForum - perceived to be an Afrikaner interest group.
“In respect of our relationship with AfriForum in terms of which we co-operate on matters of mutual importance, Cope sees no reason why it should be condemned. We co-operate where we have a mutual interest, and, likewise, we will tell AfriForum where we disagree with its stance.
“The preamble to our Constitution calls for us to be ‘united in our diversity’, and that ‘the country belongs to all who live in it’. Who has the authority to judge with whom we may and may not associate, and on what basis?
“Our stance is principled and we will leave it up to the electorate to decide whether they agree with our view or not.”