‘They must go to hell’ – UDM leader 

By Celani Sikhakhane

Leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), General Bantubonke Holomisa, said anyone criticising the party’s donation from the Oppenheimers must “go to hell”.

Holomisa told Scrolla.Africa on Sunday that he wrote a letter to the Oppenheimers requesting financial help for his party’s campaign activities.

Holomisa is his party’s premier candidate for the Eastern Cape.

“It is not a secret that the Oppenheimers gave me R1-million. It was the first time I saw so many zeros on a UDM bank account. Those who are making noise about this donation must go to hell. Tell them that I said they must go to hell,” said Holomisa.  

“They wanted their own parties to fill up the stadium alone while UDM was financially struggling to campaign due to financial issues. To hell with their noise.”

Holomisa said most parties in South Africa get donations from the Oppenheimer family. 

He claimed that the donation came without conditions. 

On Friday, Holomisa’s UDM held a successful final rally ahead of the upcoming general elections on 29 May. 

Holomisa said the UDM fought to introduce the rule that political parties must declare where their donations come from.

“The UDM led a campaign fighting that donations must be declared to the Independent Electoral Commission by political parties so that the public would know who funded their political organisations,” he said. 

“I remember that the DA was against this but we campaigned for it successfully. That is why today everyone knows who funded which political party.”

Pictured above: Bantubonke Holomisa.

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