Shilowa’s Cope faction rallies behind UDM

2014-02-24 12:05

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More than 800 people left out of the national congress of the Congress of the People (Cope) will support the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the elections, says its leader Bantu Holomisa.

The 800 delegates representing Cope branches from eight provinces held their own summit in Bloemfontein, he said today, reading from a statement by himself and Mbhazima Shilowa, leader of the breakaway Cope faction.

“The summit mandated Mr Mbhazima Shilowa to engage with the UDM to take the realignment debate forward. The result of the talks between the two delegations was that these branches will support and mobilise for the UDM in the elections,” Holomisa said.

The process of integration was under way. However, Shilowa would not be party to the integration for personal reasons.

He said: “We call on all South Africans, especially those who voted Congress of the People in the last elections, to rally behind the UDM in the forthcoming elections.”

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