National 15.8.2016 02:00 pm

Holomisa wants national convention with EFF and others

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The UDM leader appears to still be steadfast in trying to keep ‘smaller parties’ and civil society singing from the same hymn book.

United Democratic Front (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has made a proposal for an ”all-inclusive” National Convention to be held by the coutry’s political parties and civil society to address pressing national interest issues around land reform, nationalisation, and legislation on party funding among other issues.

On Sunday, Holomisa posted a memorandum on social media calling on primarily the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), United Front and Congress of the People to commit to the summit he says has been neccesitated by the ”poor or lack of proper leadership” , saying the recent municipal elections were an intruction from voters to ”all  political parties to urgently converge under one roof to provide a decisive leadership.”

”It is the function and responsibility of political and societal leaders to ensure that the clarion call made by electorate is attended to without delay. Accordingly, a proposal towards the convening of a National Convention requires an immediate consideration and commitment by all leaders of political parties and other leaders of society,” Holomisa wrote.

He said the convention’s blueprint of action should have strict timeframes with a commitment of resources from all stakeholders.

Holomisa also said the coalition agreements to be entered into by small parties with the ANC and DA in the country’s 27 hung councils should constitute the following medium- to long-term priorities envisaged by the convention :

• Economic emancipation of all South Africans biased towards the historically excluded group;
• Resolution of the land question;
• Property ownership;
• Nationalisation;
• Electoral system reforms;
• Party funding legislation;
• Strengthening of the chapter nine institutions; and
• Any other related matter of national interest.



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