Holomisa calls for Mbeki to assure leaders

2008-04-22 00:00

Cape Town — UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has called on President Thabo Mbeki to convene a meeting between himself and the collective leadership of South Africa to address the three “critical matters” of South Africa’s involvement in resolving the crisis in Zimbabwe, the future of the Scorpions and the unfolding national and international food crisis.

Holomisa said yesterday he has written to Mbeki to call for the meeting with political party leaders, religious and traditional leaders, and labour, business and civil society leaders.

Holomisa said there is a feeling of uncertainty about what South Africa’s delegation is doing in Zimbabwe.

“South African taxpayers are sponsoring these efforts and if there is success, it will reflect well on this country, just like failure would leave the image of our country in tatters … Perhaps the collective leadership can advise you on possible ways forward,” Holomisa said.

The UDM leader said the future of the Scorpions requires clarification. “As yet no coherent and legitimate reason has been advanced for their dissolution. The collective leaders of our society deserve an unambiguous explanation … ”

Turning to the food crisis, he said prices have soared and there is no end in sight. “This is because energy and fuel prices keep escalating and interest rates are following suit.”

In his letter, he called on Mbeki to engage the collective leadership to work together to ease the plight of the poor.

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