- In 1996, Bantu Holomisa made allegations that hotel magnate Sol Kerzner had made a considerable donation to the ANC's electoral campaign
- Senior members of the ANC denied this but it was later confirmed by Nelson Mandela that Kerzner had made a donation
- Despite the fact that he was correct, Holomisa was removed from his seat in Parliament on allegations of misconduct
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On this day in history in 1996, Nelson Mandela confirmed that Sol Kerzner, the hotel magnate, had donated to the African National Congress (ANC).
This was after Bantu Holomisa made allegations that Kerzner had donated electoral funds to the ruling party.
Holomisa had been branded a liar by senior members of the ANC, after Mandela's confirmation, Holomisa demanded an apology.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mandela refused to issue an apology to Holomisa. Despite being correct about the donation, Holomisa was removed from his seat in Parliament on 1 October 1996 by the ANC's Disciplinary Committee.
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They found him guilty of misconduct and bringing the ANC into disrepute through his allegations.
At the time Sol Kerzner was facing criminal investigations but the ANC had ensured that the donation had not affected the investigations at all according to South African History Online.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Solomon Kerzner passed away earlier this year, in March, at his Cape Town family home aged 84.
A South African accountant and business magnate, Kerzner enjoyed a career that spanned over four decades in the resort industry.
Sol founded two of Mzansi's largest hotel groups, the Southern Sun Hotel Group and Sun International.
Obtaining his honours in B.Com Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand, Kerzner went on the run his family's hotel chain. This was despite being the youngest of four children.
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In 1962, Kerzner purchased the Astra Hotel in Durban and enjoyed immense success for his effort. After this, he built SA's first five-star hotel in Umhlanga, the Beverly Hills Hotel.
In other news, South Africa boasts of successful and well-established personalities like Sol Kerzner. He was a chartered accountant and an accomplished business mogul.
He was also among the most influential and prominent investors in the hotel industry, as he has grown his wings in South Africa and beyond. Sol owned the first South African five-star hotel. Here is all you need to know about him.
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