The National Leadership of the United Democratic Movement elected at the Party’s 5th National Congress held on 11, 12 and 13 December 2015


Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP

Bantubonke Holomisa was born the son of Tembu Chief Bazindlovu Holomisa on 25 July 1955 in the Mqanduli district of Transkei. After attending the Upper Ngqungqu Primary School in Mqanduli, he proceeded to the Jongilizwe College for the Sons of Chiefs and Headmen in Tsolo, Transkei, where he matriculated in 1975. Apart from the usual matriculation subjects, he obtained an additional Diploma in Leadership, with the subjects of current events, conduct of public affairs, public administration, English, African law (then called Bantu law, using the university-prescribed textbook by Seymore on the subject), typing and office routine.

He has served as the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism of South Africa in the Government of National Unity (elected in 1994).

Major General (Retired) Bantu Holomisa co-founded the United Democratic Movement in 1997 with Mr Roelf Meyer. Mr Holomisa’s candidature for Party President was unopposed at the UDM 2010 National Congress and he continues to serve as its President. To learn more about Bantu Holomisa, please click here.





Mr Zolisa Lavisa
National Chairperson

Mr Mncedisi Filtane, MP
National Deputy-Chairperson


Mr Bongani Msomi
Secretary General (office) (personal)

Bongani Msomi was born in Durban and matriculated at Swelihle High School in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Senior Teacher’s Diploma and Bachelor of Education (B-ED) from the University of Zululand. He also holds a Project Management Diploma from Damelin.

As a student he became involved in politics and was tasked to build and organise several progressive organisations. Mr Msomi is a co-founder member of the UDM and has served as the leader of the Province in KwaZulu-Natal for many years. In 2004 he became a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature (MPL) until 2009. In this period he served in many portfolio committees as well as being chairperson of the Sports and Recreation portfolio committee.

In 2005 he was elected as the Party’s National Chairperson and he is currently serving as the Secretary General after his election to this position at the Party’s National Congress in December 2010 and his re-election 2015.

Mr Bongani Maqungwana
Deputy-Secretary General



Cllr Thandi Nontenja
National Treasurer

Thandi Nontenja grew up in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape and matriculated at the Colana High School in Mount Frere. Cllr Nontenja has several diplomas in bookkeeping, accounting and business management, as well as political leadership. She ended her career in the business sector when she was elected as a city councillor for the United Democratic Movement of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council in 2006, 2011 and 2016. Cllr Nontenja has been very active in women’s organisations and is a member of People Opposing Women Abuse. She was re-elected as the National Treasurer of the UDM in 2015.

National Fundraiser

Mr Moyiseli Nkcinkca
National Deputy-Organiser


Mr James Ndlovu
National Deputy-Organiser