Bantu Holomisa

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Bantu Holomisa : biography

25 July 1955 –

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

Holomisa was born in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape. He joined the Transkei Defence Force in 1976 and had become a Brigadier by 1985. He overthrew Prime Minister Stella Sigcau in 1987 and was the Transkei’s head of government from 1987 to 1994.

National Politics

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

He co-founded the UDM in 1997 with Roelf Meyer, and was elected to parliament in 1999.