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 serves as the UDM’s President.
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Mr Kwankwa was unanimously elected to the position of Deputy-President of the UDM at the Party’s National Council on 3 December 2016 after a vacancy arose. He currently serves as a Member of the National Assembly for the UDM and is the Party’s Chief Whip.
Mncedisi Filtane hails from the Eastern Cape and matriculated from Clarkebury High School. After school, he showed interest in the legal profession, but ultimately found himself (over a long professional career) in the private sector in various management and sales positions.
During his tenure at the Transkei Government, Mr Filtane worked with land matters, which included the allocation of land and conflict resolution between various stakeholders.
As an employee of the Ntinga OR Tambo Development Agency, Mr Filtane was part of a team that developed agricultural cooperatives and was awarded the honour of Team Builder of the Year in 2007. He is a born networker and effectively used this skill at his various places of employ and, up to today, in his work in the name of the United Democratic Movement (UDM).
Mr Filtane is also a successful entrepreneur and most notable of these endeavours is his passion to create sustainable community-driven projects such as the facilitation of the building of schools and the provision of water and sanitation to the Lambasi Dairy in the OR Tambo District. Mr Filtane is a skilled manager and has, over the years, managed millions of Rands worth of community projects and local initiatives.
He is no stranger to the electoral system in South Africa and discharged duties for the Independent Electoral Commission in the 1994 and1999 National and Provincial Elections in South Africa, as well as the 2000 Municipal Elections.
Since 2014, Mr Filtane serves the Party as a Member of the National Assembly. His very wide experience in business (from multi-level to retail), is something that comes in handy in the execution of his Parliamentary duties when analysing complex business-related reports on Agriculture and Rural Development.
Mr Filtane was elected to the position of National Deputy-Chairperson of the United Democratic Movement in December 2015, at the Party’s National Congress in Bloemfontein. By virtue of his office, he is responsible for any disciplinary cases that are elevated to national level.
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.
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.
Mr Bongani Phenyane hails from Johannesburg (Gauteng). He joined the United Democratic Movement in 1997, in its inception year, and has steadily risen through the Party’s ranks.
He initially served as a branch organiser and chairperson, as well as regional organiser in Johannesburg (1998 to 2001). In 2005, he was elected to the position of Provincial Deputy-Chairperson of the UDM in Gauteng. He later made a successful bid to become the Party’s National Organiser at its National Congress in 2015. As National Organiser, he is a full-time National Office Bearer of the Party located at its National Office in Pretoria.
Bongani is very active in his community and serves on the school governing body of Sebetsa-O-Tholemoputso Secondary School in Doornkop, which is close to Dobsonville (Johannesburg). He is the project manager of the non-profit Sihlangene Drop-in Centre. He is also involved in a project where vegetables are bi-weekly supplied to needy families, as well as a mini-feeding scheme that daily benefits sixty learners.
Mr Phenyane participated in the Community Policing Forum (2006 to 2010) in the Doornkop area and currently serves as Ward Chairperson of Ward 50, Johannesburg,
Mr Phenyane is an avid soccer fan and supports Orlando Pirates.
We are sad to announce that Mr Phenyane suddenly passed away in early June 2020. May his soul rest in peace.