United Congress president, Mluleki George says the new party’s short term goal is to do well in next year’s national elections and better in the 2015 local government elections.
He delivered a keynote address at the launch of the new party at Dutywa in the Eastern Cape. George, a former Congress of the People (COPE) and previously ANC member, has described the country’s education and healthcare systems as dysfunctional. He also expressed dismay at the high levels of corruption in the country.
Political Analyst, Somadoda Fikeni sees political opportunism as the driving factor behind the formation of the United Congress (Unico).
“Unfortunately in South Africa I think the issue of deep personal introspection is not our strongest character, especially amongst leaders. Many parties will be formed just in time for elections. There’s an element of opportunism, to say I couldn’t expose myself financially because I needed the money from parliament, at the same time I would wait when it’s close enough to caution me in order to get another seat.”
Earlier on, George announced that he has resigned as a Member of Parliament. George told the SABC News that he submitted a resignation letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu. He also confirmed that he and other COPE members will be forming a new party at Idutywa on Friday.
George has accused COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota of not ruling the party properly, saying he is the reason why he left COPE.