Bantu Holomisa

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Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa
Born Mqanduli, Eastern Cape
Nationality  South Africa
Citizenship South African
Occupation Politician
Title Leader
Political party United Democratic Movement

Bantubonke Harrington Holomisa[1] (born 25 July 1955[1][2]) is a South African Member of Parliament[1] and President of the United Democratic Movement.[2]

Holomisa was born in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape.[1] He joined the Transkei Defence Force in 1976[1] and had become a Brigadier by 1985.[1][3]

Holomisa forced the resignation and exile of Prime Minister of Transkei George Matanzima in October 1987[4][5] and overthrew Matanzima's successor, Prime Minister Stella Sigcau[6] in December 1987. Holomisa then became the Transkei's head of government from 1987 to 1994, when Transkei was reintegrated into South Africa.[1]

National politics[edit]

In 1994 Holomisa was elected to the African National Congress National Executive Committee,[1][2] and was the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism of South Africa.[1][7] After testifying before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission he was expelled from the ANC[7] on 30 September 1996.[8]

He co-founded the United Democratic Movement in 1997[7] with John Taylor former ANC executive member and Roelf Meyer,[9] and was elected to parliament in 1999.[1][7]

As this party has been out of power since the establishment and haven’t made a mark in South African politics, they started to collaborate with some swindling parties to topple the incumbent ANC government.

In this quest, United Democratic Front leader Bantu Homolisa said they will support a motion of no confidence tabled by the Democratic Alliance in another bid to have Jacob Zuma removed as president at the time when Democratic Alliance itself facing graft charges since 2009 on various scandals, including the biggest housing scandal of R610 million in their Western Cape province.[10][11]


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  3. ^ Pissarra, Mario (1 November 2001). "Holomisa, H. Bantubonke (Bantu)". Contemporary African Database. The Africa Centre. Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Mgaqelwa, Abongile (8 August 2013). "Matanzima dies after hijack". Daily Dispatch. Retrieved 31 August 2013. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Chief George Mzimvubu Mathanzima, former Prime Minister of Transkei, dies". South Africa History Online. 10 November 2000. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stella Sigcau dead at 69". Mail&Guardian. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Résumé of Mr HB Holomisa, MP". UDM. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "The rise and fall of Bantu Holomisa". African National Congress, Department of Information and Publicity. 30 May 1997. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007. 
  9. ^ Bell, Terry; Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza (2003). "The nerve centre of apartheid". Unfinished business: South Africa, apartheid and truth. Verso. p. 30. ISBN 1-85984-545-2. 
  10. ^ "Holomisa: UDM will support DA motion of no confidence". 702. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  11. ^ "Filcon scandal: fresh claims". Retrieved 2017-07-23.