DA-UDM mar­riage in jeop­ardy

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Eric Naki

The Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) in Nel­son Man­dela Bay is cast­ing doubts about whether it would align with the United Demo­cratic Move­ment (UDM) to form a coali­tion gov­ern­ment in the metro .

The DA’s main player, Athol Trol­lip, ap­pears to be un­happy about work­ing with his arch-ri­val, Mongameli Bobani.

In­di­ca­tions were that a mar­riage be­tween the two par­ties may not hap­pen, as the DA lo­cal lead­er­ship con­tin­ued re­it­er­at­ing their al­le­ga­tions that Bobani was al­legedly cor­rupt.

This is de­spite last week’s high level ne­go­ti­a­tion in­volved UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and head of the DA gov­er­nance unit James Selfe about the need to form a coali­tion in the metro.

But the UDM, which is a king­maker in the metro, seemed to be open to talking to both the DA and the ANC. Holomisa said the UDM had also been ap­proached by the ANC and his party would hold talks with them.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Ongama Mtimka was op­ti­mistic, say­ing the DA was in a bet­ter po­si­tion to es­tab­lish a coali­tion with the UDM if Bobani was ex­cluded.

He said the ANC was un­able to form a coali­tion due to in­fight­ing and that Bobani would re­ject the ANC af­ter it plot­ted his oust­ing as mayor.

Trol­lip, the ousted for­mer mayor of Nel­son Man­dela Bay, had been un­com­pro­mis­ing to­wards coali­tion talks with the UDM.

In a tweet last week, he said the “gen­eral” (re­fer­ring to Holomisa), whom he called “party leader for life of the UDM”, blocked him on so­cial me­dia.

“Holomisa doesn’t like to lis­ten hence if you dif­fer with him or chal­lenge him he will block you. He is to­tally un­trust­wor­thy as is his cor­rupt crony Bobani,” Trol­lip tweeted.

Trol­lip’s com­ment could jeop­ar­dise the on­go­ing talks be­tween the UDM and DA.

How­ever, Mtimka ar­gued that the UDM would be a bet­ter evil for the DA than the ANC in es­tab­lish­ing the coali­tion.

The an­a­lyst said the only thing that stood be­tween the DA and UDM form­ing a coali­tion was Bobani.

“Will the UDM be per­suaded enough to drop Bobani and field some­one else as may­oral can­di­date or will the DA ac­cept Bobani and give him a prom­i­nent po­si­tion in the coali­tion gov­ern­ment?” Mtimka asked.

The ex­pert, who is based at Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity in Port Elizabeth, said the pre­vi­ous DA-UDM co­op­er­a­tion failed be­cause of the clash of per­son­al­i­ties be­tween Trol­lip and Bobani.

“Bobani and Trol­lip both have strong per­son­al­i­ties and they pur­sued their per­sonal ob­jec­tives although they were in a coali­tion,” Mtimka said.

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