Die Congress of the People (COPE, "Kongres van die volk") is 'n Suid-Afrikaanse politieke party wat in 2008 gestig is deur voormalige lede van die ANC. Die party word gelei deur voormalige ANC-lede Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa en Mluleki George en het deelgeneem aan die 2009-verkiesing. Die party is aangekondig na 'n nasionale byeenkoms in Sandton op 1 November 2008 en is amptelik gestig tydens 'n kongres in Bloemfontein op 16 Desember 2008. Die naam herinner aan die 1955-kongres, ook getiteld Congress of the People, waartydens die Vryheidsmanifes deur die ANC en ander partye aangeneem is.
Leier: Mosiuoa Lekota
Gestig: 16 Desember 2008
The Congress of the People (COPE) is a South African political party formed in 2008 by former members of the African National Congress (ANC). The party was founded by former ANC members Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George to contest the 2009 general election. The party was announced following a national convention held in Sandton on 1 November 2008, and was founded at a congress held in Bloemfontein on 16 December 2008. The name echoes the 1955 Congress of the People at which the Freedom Charter was adopted by the ANC and other parties, a name strongly contested by the ANC in a legal move dismissed by the Pretoria High Court. In the 2009 general election, the party eventually received 1 311 027 votes and a 7.42% share of the vote.
Leader: Mosiuoa Lekota
Founder: Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George
Slogan: Reliable, Accountable, Incorruptible
Founded: 16 December 2008
Student wing: Congress of the People Students Movement
Youth wing: Congress of the People Youth Movement
Women's wing: Congress of the People Women's Movement
Ideology: Social democracy, Social liberalism