ANC initiates coalition talks with UDM in Nelson Mandela Bay

The UDM was already in talks with the DA when the ANC initiated talks.

FILE: United Democratic Movement Leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has confirmed the African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has approached the party to be part of its coalition government.

The UDM was already in talks with the Democratic Alliance (DA) when the ANC initiated talks.

The DA garnered the most votes in last week's local government elections, making it the biggest party in the metro.

Holomisa says talks are ongoing.

"We're still engaging with other political parties. The ANC has approached us, the DA has approached us, and so we are consulting with our structures on the ground."

Holomisa adds his party will not be used as "voting cattle" in council like in the past.

"We want to make sure that the people who voted for us benefit from the coalition. It's not necessarily about positions, but what they were telling us when we were doing door-to-door."

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