United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO

By QAANITAH HUNTER , Oct 14 2013 10:16PM

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa is desperate to save political face and is jostling to remain relevant in opposition politics, an analyst said.

Prof Steven Friedman said Holomisa’s presence at the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) launch rally in Marikana on Sunday was opportunistic.

“Holomisa is desperate. There is no other way to put it. He is looking around and the EFF looks attractive,” he said.

Friedman said Holomisa is a respectable man but he only represents a few people.

In the 2009 general elections UDM ranked number six with 149680 votes, which equated to four seats in Parliament.

“Holomisa is desperate to play a bigger role on the national political stage,” he said.

“I won’t be surprised if Holomisa is considering a coalition, but it may not be amicable on EFF’s side,” he said.

Mathekga said Holimisa was trying to “save his own life” as he kept a good relationship with all opposition parties.

“If there would be a partnership between Julius Malema and Holomisa it will not be an equitable one,” he said.

Earlier this year Holomisa admitted that he was in talks with AgangSA – the party led by Mamphele Ramphele – “to share ideas”.

In August this year Holomisa told The New Age that it was his “dream” to have a united opposition in South Africa.

He said he was “working towards that dream”.

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Source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/109376-1007-53-Holomisa_struggles_to_stay_afloat