Daniel Friedman
2 minute read
29 Jul 2018
9:32 am

General praise: Holomisa expresses support for EFF

Daniel Friedman

The UDM leader took to the stage at the EFF's fifth birthday party to say he hopes the parties can continue to work together.

FILE PHOTO: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader Julius Malema (2nd L) speaks flanked by Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane (L), United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa (2nd R) and Corne Mulder (R) of the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), as they give a press conference. Picture: AFP PHOTO.

UDM leader general Bantu Holomisa took to the stage at East London’s Sisa Dukashe stadium on Saturday to express his support for the Economic Freedom Fighters and to encourage further collaboration between the parties.

The UDM president praised EFF leader Julius Malema’s work when it comes to land.

“We are going to work together. Malema should continue with the land issue and I will chase these corrupt leaders that misuse our pensioners’ money,” he said.

He did, however, caution those in attendance that South Africa’s land issues should be resolved legally.

“As we follow the process on land we must come up with the laws on how we are going to implement the regulations”, he stressed.

Holomisa lauded what he described as the cooperative nature of the EFF and UDM’s relationship.

“We have collectively achieved several victories to ensure that we build a better South Africa,” he said.

“You heeded the call for us to start talking about coalition governments. And together our collaborations have meant that the political landscape is going to change,” Holomisa added.

While the UDM have worked in coalition with various parties, Holomisa has been vocal about what he sees as the failure of the DA-led coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay.

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On July 12 he told Talk Radio 702 that despite efforts by DA leader Mmusi Maimane to present a united front, the UDM and other political parties in the municipality have not agreed with the DA’s budget proposals.

His problems with the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay make him a natural EFF ally, as the red berets have turned on Trollip and the DA leadership in the area since their controversial decision to support a coalition that allowed Maimane’s party to gain power in the previously ANC-held municipality.

The EFF have attempted several times this year to remove mayor Athol Trollip through motions of confidence that have failed.

But Holomisa highlighted that, while UDM and EFF may have enemies in common, their main target should be the ruling party.

“The voters should give us a chance to rid South Africa of all its problems because the ANC cannot self-correct”, he told the capacity crowd at the red berets’ fifth birthday bash.

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