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S.Africa’s UDM, Agang, Cope in talks for 2014 election coalition

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“The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and other political parties are discussing the possibility of establishing a coalition or alliance before or after elections. The popular view is that we should seriously consider establishing a coalition before election without losing any identity,” the COPE leader and founder said.

The political parties will come together in a plot to stiffen competition for the ANC, which has been in power since 1994 when the country held its first democratic elections, are the UDM, Congress of the People (COPE) and the newly launched Agang SA.

Holomisa said they plan to sensitise South African voters to snub the President-Zuma-led party for failure to deliver good governance coupled with leaders into “politics of the stomach” at the expense of the tax payers.

“The areas we’ve identified where we feel that we have a common ground is that we feel the ruling party has abandoned the original agenda, they are more interested in the politics of the stomach where they are looting the resources of this country. Therefore, we need to remind the people of South Africa that this is not what we fought for,” Holimisa added.

In doing so the proposed coalition’s agenda said will focus on the critical areas affecting the people on the ground which includes education, unemployment, breaching the gap between people in a society who have a lot of money and assets against the poorest and to further tackle corruption.

“We’ve identified certain areas in education, the gap between the haves and have-nots is increasing on a daily basis, the unemployment, the issue of corruption and so on and also the fact that there has been an attempt to undermine the constitution of this country including certain institutions like the judiciary,” he added.

“We feel that we can present a strong case to the voters of this country and say listen to us. We feel that we must commend the ANC for what it has done so far but there are certain grey areas which we feel that if we were to be strong we would be in a position to give you a better choice.”

Smaller parties in South Africa are finding it increasingly difficult to fight elections on their own because of the large of numbers of people still hell-bent in supporting the ANC, which led the country in to independence against apartheid regime.  Despite its shortcomings they still command a huge following at the polls.

Holomisa said the 2009 poll results indicated that the voters support two strong parties who are contesting for power.