Wednesday, 25 July 2018, marked the 63rd birthday of United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa.
So, in honour of his birthday, Briefly.co.za decided to gather five interesting facts about his life and career.
1. Humble beginnings
Bantu Holomisa was born on 25 July 1955 in Mqanduli, a town in the Eastern Cape, according to Wikipedia.
He is the son of politician Bazindlovu Holomisa.
2. Military career
Holomisa joined the Transkei Defence Force in 1976, where he went on to become a Brigadier nine-years later.
3. Personal life
He married his wife, Thunyelwa Holomisa, in 1981. They couple have a son together, Mandla Holomisa.
As for his sports interest, Holomisa admitted to being a die-hard Kaizer Chiefs fan.
4. Political career
In 1994, Holomisa was chosen as part of the ANC NEC, and he served as the party’s deputy minster of Environment and Tourism.
However, he was expelled from the ANC two years later after testifying before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
His expulsion did not put an end to his political career- Holomisa went on to found the United Democratic Movement in 1997 with Roelf Meyer.
Two years after the establishment of his party, Holomisa was elected to participate in Parliament.
His party was one of those who backed the motion of no confidence in former SA head of state, Jacob Zuma.
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