Holomisa says discipline will win UDM votes
United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa has called on his supporters to be "disciplined" ahead of elections.
Holomisa was welcoming more than "1000 new party members" at the Cato Crest Hall in Mayville, near Durban, yesterday.
The meeting was told that the residents of the Mayville informal settlement had ditched the ANC, DA and ID to join the UDM, because they were "sick and tired of empty promises".
Holomisa said: "Discipline will win the party votes. As we approach elections, you must know that votes will be won by the party showing discipline, which is something that is lacking in our country. It is our duty as the UDM to restore discipline in South Africa, where young people respect elders - and those that are in power respect the electorate."
He said crucial to the UDM was the country's infrastructure.
"We will improve infrastructure and this includes schools and teacher training colleges. Currently in South Africa we have 90000 teacher vacancies because the ruling party shut down all the teacher training colleges, which is something we will revive."
A large portion of Holomisa's address was dedicated to lambasting the ANC.
Referring to ANC president Jacob Zuma's pending corruption trial, he said that such a situation "should" spell disaster for the ruling party.
"How do you trust a person like him to fight corruption, when he refuses to go to court and face his day [in court]? If he is cleared, we will welcome and accept him. If he is found guilty, we will visit him in jail and bring him bread and blankets."
Nevertheless, Holomisa said his party would form a coalition with the ANC and Cope in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape, something he hailed "as democracy at its best".
He singled out KwaZulu-Natal as the province where "democracy existed" as no party had claimed an absolute victory since the first democratic elections in 1994.
"What has been happening in KwaZulu-Natal has been good because no party has claimed an absolute dominance. The IFP needed us to govern this province and so did the ANC."