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Origins of our name

Origins of our name

The name Congress of the People (COPE), derives from the historic meeting held in Kliptown on 26 June 1955, where the Freedom Charter was adopted.

The Freedom Charter contains the core principles of a non-racial South Africa, where all shall be equal and the people shall govern. The opening words of the Freedom Charter state: “We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”

All our policy positions and programmes of action are based on the key principle that the people must and shall govern.


Our logo

The logo of COPE is aligned with the South African flag. The flag was adopted on 27 April 1994 and is a symbol of the new democracy. The central design of the South African flag can be seen as the convergence of diverse sectors of South African society.

We have chosen to adopt the colours of the South African flag, as we want to see different South Africans from all walks of life coming together to work for a better government.