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Holomisa won’t explain EFF launch attendance.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa won’t entertain questions about attending the EFF launch on Sunday.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa refused to explain his decision to attend the launch of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Marikana on Sunday.

The party, which is led by former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, was launched at the site where 34 miners were killed during clashes with police in 2012.

Malema called on domestic workers, petrol attendants and miners to vote for his party, which promises land expropriation without compensation.

Holomisa also addressed the crowd and welcomed EFF to South African politics.

Holomisa told the Midday Report he was invited by the EFF.

"Unfortunately the people who should answer you on that question is the EFF itself because I was invited by them. They requested me to pass a message to the audience which was there. That's why I was there."

Holomisa said he hoped they would not go the same route as the Congress of the People (Cope).

"I hope they have learnt one or two things from what happened to Cope and they should avoid repeating the same mistakes."

The UDM and EFF are among the more than 100 parties which will contest the 2014 general elections.