Coali­tion plan for op­pos­ing ANC put on hold, says Holomisa

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CRAIG DODDS

A PLANNED coali­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties to chal­lenge the ANC has been put on hold.

United Demo­cratic Move­ment leader Bantu Holomisa, one of the key play­ers in the talks be­tween eight op­po­si­tion par­ties ear­lier this year, said there would be “no merger” be­fore elec­tions next year as it was now too late, and would con­fuse vot­ers.

How­ever, talks con­tin­ued about pos­si­ble post- elec­tion coali­tions in some prov­inces.

Par­ties were dis­cussing who would be their pre­ferred coali­tion part­ners.

They had also agreed to cover each other at elec­tion sta­tions where some might not have party rep­re­sen­ta­tives on duty. They would also mon­i­tor elec­tion cov­er­age by the state broad­caster, and would act in con­cert if they felt they were be­ing treated un­fairly.

The par­ties would also deal as a group with any queries to the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, they said.

Speak­ing about the pos­si­ble emer­gence of a left­ist for­ma­tion should union fed­er­a­tion Cosatu split, Holomisa said he would wel­come any de­vel­op­ment that would re­duce the ANC’s ma­jor­ity.

“This is when you will be­gin to see real ser­vice de­liv­ery. As long as the ANC dom­i­nates, they be­come ar­ro­gant, and ar­ro­gance and power breed cor­rup­tion,” he said.

He would be happy to see the ANC strug­gling to form a gov­ern­ment, and “knock­ing at var­i­ous doors, to say, ‘we are short of one vote to form a ma­jor­ity’.”

“Then you would know the com­pla­cency is over,” said Holomisa.

craig.dodds@inl.co.za

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