South Africa started well in 1994 as we continued on the road of the noble ideals of protecting human rights and promoting the freedom of our people.

There is much to be proud of, but the hard reality is that corruption, lies and mismanagement has been tearing at our socioeconomic fabric to the point where this nation has been brought down on its knees.

It is for this reason that the United Democratic Movement dedicates Freedom Day 2019 to Professor Thuli Madonsela, our brave former Public Protector. The quiet, but firm style with which she ran her term of office is much to be admired and she earned the hearts of a grateful nation.

Her mettle, professionalism and resolve saw Professor Madonsela stare down the lion’s maw when she pronounced on corruption in the highest office of the land and state capture. If not for her, this country would have gone down the drain of dishonesty of the highest order.

It is time for South Africans to claim back their country from the corrupt and the delinquent. The 8th of May will be a watershed election and the voter must no longer be fooled by shiny parades and rallies that is held to mask how deep the rot has spread.

The UDM wishes all and sundry a blessed Freedom Day.

Statement by

Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President