'UDM won't surrender to DA'

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said he has a mandate from his members to explore other avenues.

Bantu Holomisa, leader of the United Democratic Movement. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG -United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa on Thursday said he will not surrender to the Democratic Alliance (DA), just like the Independent Democrats (ID) did.

In October, DA leader Helen Zille invited other parties to start negotiating about creating a single party to challenge the African National Congress.

Holomisa said when he and other party leaders met with the DA, they were told to join that party, just like the ID had done.

He said all other parties also questioned the merger.

The UDM leader said his party members will not allow him to do that.

Holomisa said he has a mandate from members to explore other avenues.

The creation of a single opposition party is one of Zille's major policy platforms.