The Western Cape has become a battlefield for the powers that govern the province, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has said. “The people of this province find themselves in the middle of this battle for power,” Holomisa said today in a speech prepared for delivery in Khayelitsha. “You sit in a quagmire of misery while they sling mud at each other; completely forgetting about you.” He was speaking at the Western Cape provincial congress of the United Democratic Movement. He said those in power had failed to give people housing, education, safety, hospitals, clinics and jobs. Holomisa also spoke about the country’ electoral system. “Our people should be allowed to directly elect their president,” he said. Holomisa suggested that Cabinet members be subjected to the scrutiny of parliament’s ethics committee before they are sworn in. He encouraged people to put the UDM in power. “We need to go out and build the UDM in all the corners of this province in preparation [for] 2014,” he said.