South Africa was robbed of an opportunity for a vibrant opposition and a possible alternative government by the demise of the Congress of the People (COPE).

It almost seems a distant memory, but the events that followed one of South Africa’s major gatherings post-1994 had the potential to reshape the country’s political landscape. That gathering was the South African National Convention. Led by ANC dissidents and hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in late October 2008, it saw thousands of people come together to discuss the future of the country. ..

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