Mbhazima Shilowa. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
Johannesburg - More than 800 people left out of Cope's
national congress will support the UDM in the elections, its leader Bantu Holomisa
said on Monday.
The 800 delegates representing Congress of the People
branches from eight provinces held their own summit in Bloemfontein, he said,
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 United Democratic Movement 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 forthcoming general elections,"
The process of integration was under way. However, Shilowa
would not be party to the integration for personal reasons.
"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."