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By unknown | Apr 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says he hopes that whichever party wins the national elections on Wednesday they will fulfil the needs of the people.

"South Africa is in a state of hopelessness. People have lost hope in politics and are sick of empty promises," Holomisa said in an interview yesterday.

"For years people have been promised a better life but nothing changes. It is time they got more."

He said the door-to-door campaign he has been conducting over the past few months had opened his eyes to the plight of many South Africans.

"There is a lot that needs to be done. South Africans don't want politicians coming to them and making promises - they want to see results. They have been promised free education, electricity and other basics but none have been delivered."

Born in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape on July 25 1955, Holomisa said the UDM would fight to change that.

He said employment issues needed a lot of attention.

"There are currently 90000 vacancies in the Education Department but there aren't people to fill them. We have to open training colleges and get people educated.

"The Health Department needs 48000 doctors and nurses."

He said the jobs had been budgeted for and it would make a huge difference if they were filled.

"Imagine how many mouths would be fed if the vacancies were filled.

"The big companies that are making money in our country are not owned by South Africans. That has to change," Holomisa said.

He said the government needed to have a development bank which would help small and new businesses.

He said the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to drop corruption charges against ANC president Jacob Zuma was a disgrace.

"People must brace themselves, our justice system is crumbling. To remedy this situation the voters need to express their disgust at the polls.

"This is the culmination of the campaign of the dodgy characters in the ANC to reduce this country to a banana republic - people must remember that a vast number of national executive committee members have faced or are facing charges," he said.

Holomisa is married to 50-year-old Tunyelwa. They have two children, Banele, 24, and Mandla, 22.

"My family means a lot to me and without them I wouldn't be where I am today," he said.

"They are supportive but I do not know who they will be voting for and will not force them to vote for my party."


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