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But even President Mandela is in agreement with my notion that when . POM Do you have a good relationship with the minister, Dawie de Villiers? their salary disbursements, and at the time you responded and I quote. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa (left) and Nelson Mandela. said over the years he and Mandela had developed a father-and-son relationship. President Nelson Mandela's election and inauguration in marked the end of many We must however admit that race relations have regressed since the Madiba days. which still ring true today, because Madiba is with us in spirit and I quote: “We have you, . Bantu Holomisa addresses mourners.
I now have a small party called the UDM,'" Holomisa recalled, staring at the Mandela statue in front of us.
Thabo Mbeki needs strong leaders like you. Going back to the ANC will be tantamount to selling them out. What if I mess up again and you expel me?
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Let's talk about co-operation. First he sent Makhenkesi Stofile, then Mosiuoa Lekota. Both came back empty-handed. I never asked to join the ANC.
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The ANC sent a delegation to me. I said to them they must go to the soldiers. In the early s, Holomisa was one of the most popular leaders in the country and revered for collaborating with the liberation movements despite being a bantustan leader. He formed bonds with ANC leaders, especially Chris Hani, and made the Transkei a haven for MK combatants and activists while he presided over a homeland where he'd seized power in a coup. It was not surprising when the ANC recruited him soon after the end of apartheid.
I said to them they must go to the soldiers," said Holomisa, then still a military commander in the Transkei.
Holomisa recalls that the generals were suspicious of the ANC's intentions. We thought he was going to assist with the integration of armed forces because of his experience and training and so on.
We are worried that once you have a fallout with him you'll ditch him. InHolomisa appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and his testimony irked some ANC leaders when he revealed that he had led the Transkei coup to oust the premier, Stella Sigcau, because she and her cabinet had accepted R2-million from casino magnate Sol Kerzner. But it is in Chapter 9 - Keep Your Rivals Close - that the grandfather of modern politics engages in the back-stabbing and double-speak that is the hallmark of politicians.
Stengel quotes Madiba speaking very unflatteringly about General Bantu Holomisa, someone he's always been seen to be close to, especially publicly.
Because of the nature of their relationship, Holomisa, who is omnipresent during functions at the Qunu homestead of the former president, understandably thinks of himself as Madiba's son. He publicly treated Holomisa as a son".
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Holomisa cannot be faulted for thinking this was the case too. But this was a smoke screen, if the rest of the chapter is anything to go by. The coup de grace comes thus: He Madiba saw this immaturity as a symptom of insecurity.
These men, to his mind, suffered from a lack of confidence. Says a demure Holomisa: