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Misadventures of a COPE Volunteer: My Crash Course in Politics | Biography

Michiel le Roux


What happens when you form a political party six months before a general election? And instantly become the hope of the nation?

Mostly chaos! At least that is what 26-year-old Michiel le Roux encounters when he quits his enviable job as a banker at Absa to “make a difference”. He volunteers for the Congress of the People (Cope) and becomes part of their 2009 election campaign.

Very soon, he loses his political innocence in a party paralysed by power struggles, lack of funds and administrative capacity. Fortunately, he keeps his sense of humour amid duties which include rushing to Pretoria at breakneck speed to submit the party’s candidate lists, fending off supporters intent on getting a Cope T-shirt – of which there are none – and driving then-party leader Mosiuoa Lekota to rallies.

Uproariously funny, this warts-and-all take on Cope also offers caustic comment on the state of politics in South Africa.

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Misadventures of a COPE Volunteer: My Crash Course in Politics | Biography

Author: Michiel le Roux
Category: Biography
ISBN: 9780624049234
Date Released: 06 October 2010
Price (incl. VAT): R 235.00
Format: Soft cover, 160pp

About this author

Michiel le Roux

In his short life, the talented Michiel le Roux has been a banker, political technocrat and entrepreneur. This witty young author is a former Rhodes scholar...