Johannesburg - UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said no small
parties had been involved in coalition negotiations yet because for now, the
bigger parties had to thrash things out.
Holomisa told News24 late on Monday that talks were "at
a standstill" because parties were still having bilaterals.
"Parties are still meeting together as a group to
analyse the implications of the results and the new mandate," he said.
"It has not yet taken shape... to get into detail, who
are you going to work with and what you are offering. We are not yet in that
"There are still talks about talks and preconditions
that other people are putting forward, and then those preconditions are
returned back to the party structures. In other words, the ANC will go to the
NEC, the UDM will go to their structures."
Holomisa said he was expecting progress "from Wednesday
He said the small parties would have to watch how the coalitions
between the big three - the DA, the ANC and the EFF – worked out before getting
involved in negotiations.
"I don't think the small parties have got choices. They
know their limitations."
Holomisa – who has been one of the brains behind a project to
get opposition parties to co-operate on issues in Parliament – posted on his
Facebook page over the weekend that the ANC and the DA should team up to run
municipalities because they "have been given a mandate".
He posted, "Why can't they seat together and implement
the wishes of the voters like [former presidents FW] De Klerk & [Nelson]
Mandela did under the Govt of National Unity? Such a step would also improve
race relations in this country. Just a thought!"
His post had hundreds of comments and more than 5 600 likes,
and nearly 2 000 shares.
Holomisa told News24: "We must be guided by a
non-partisan approach. If we are going to play politics there would be no
service delivery if coalitions fail".
He said South Africa had no experience of negotiating
coalitions of this magnitude.
In Gauteng alone, three metros (Tshwane, Johannesburg and
Ekurhuleni) and one council (Mogale City) are set to be run by coalition
governments, while the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro looks set to be run by a DA-led