UDM aims to give parties looking for coalition a 'hard time'

Bantu Holomisa says they're willing to listen but will attend coalition talks with caution.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) says it is ready to give the African National Congress (ANC) or any other party that approaches it for coalition talks a hard time before it agrees to alliances.

The party says it has already been approached by the leadership of the ANC for support in parts of the country.

Last week, the UDM said it would engage in coalition talks as they had previously been taken advantage of.

The UDM's Bantu Holomisa says they are willing to hear out anyone who approaches them but will attend to the talks with caution.

"I met the ANC leadership and they asked for our support in Gauteng in Ekurhuleni. The coalition will not be among the old lines where they say they want your vote and use you then dump you, this time around they are going to sweat."

The UDM in Nelson Mandela Bay said yesterday it's looking forward to working with the Democratic Alliance (DA) in governing the Eastern Cape metro.

The DA was allocated 57 seats in council after Wednesday's elections.

But because the council is hung, the party will have to partner with others to govern the metro.

The DA, which is the largest party in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, has already tapped the UDM's shoulder to form part of its coalition government.

UDM regional secretary Mongameli Bobani confirmed he's had informal talks with mayor-elect Athol Trollip but said negotiations are handled at a national level.