Joint statement Mbhazima Shilowa and Bantu Holomisa

Today marks yet another milestone in our journey towards political realignment.  Our announcement takes forward the discussions which started after the 2009 elections when it became apparent that South Africans yearned for a viable alternative.

This process had stalled, in part, as the Independent Democrats (ID) joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the internal ructions with the Congress of the People (COPE).   Recently, more than 800 delegates representing COPE branches from eight provinces that were left out of COPE’s recent National Congress held a summit in Bloemfontein to map the way forward.   The summit mandated Mr Mbhazima Shilowa to engage with the United Democratic Movement (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 forthcoming general elections.

The process of integration and preparing an effective elections machinery across the country is currently under way with joint meetings at provincial levels.