Holomisa to meet with ANC & DA for second time over coalition

Holomisa says he met with the two parties at the weekend and laid out several conditions.

FILE: UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Sydney King/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says he will meet with the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) for the second time this afternoon as negotiations to form a coalition continues across the political spectrum.

Both the party's received less than 50 percent in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni and are seeking help from smaller parties to govern the big councils.

Political parties have been given 14 days after the election results to conclude talks and finalise coalitions.

Holomisa says he met with the two parties at the weekend and laid out several conditions.

"This afternoon DA and other opposition parties will meet for the second time to get a response from those demands which we published yesterday."

Meanwhile, the DA says it's confident it will reach agreements with smaller political parties to form coalition governments before the end of next week.

The party failed to reach the 51% mark in Tshwane and the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, despite having the most votes in those municipalities.

It is now turning to smaller political parties in efforts to gain executive power.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane yesterday said they will not engage the ANC because the governing party has divided South Africans on the basis of race.

The DA's James Selfe said: "It's in government to do certain things and that's why when we're in discussions with other political parties we seek to establish whether what's contained in our manifesto is compatible with what's contained in other parties' political manifestos."