Former President Nelson Mandela and many other freedom fighters “never fought that the power will only be in the hands of the African National Congress (ANC),” United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Banto Holomisa said this morning during a visit to the Independent Electoral Commission Centre in Tshwane, Pretoria West.
He was reacting to results of the vote in Nelson Mandela Bay.
“They said let all those who live in South Africa share the power. It is only the African National Congress (ANC) who will squeal … for this. But it is what they (Mandela and others) fought for, so that black and white South Africans work together,” Holomisa said.
He said he was yesterday approached by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane, who said they would like to work with them in a coalition.
“However, we have agreed to suspend those discussion until the final results are announced. Yesterday I was approached by the leader of the Democratic Alliance who said they would like to work with us in coalition.
“In the meantime I have consulted with UDM leaders in the provinces and they are in agreement that we consult with the DA. I also consulted with the leader of the UDM in Port Elizabeth and he says I should go ahead to talk to the DA and hear what they have to say first.”
Holomisa said he also received a call from the ANC who indicated that they would like to talk to them. However he said they would have to wait for the final results and also take into consideration the feelings of their voters.
“I would appreciate the EFF and DA working together. If you look at the results today, we can loudly say we (opposition parties) are being rewarded for being consistent to tell the ANC they are misruling the country. People are reacting from that,” Holomisa said.