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UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says commissions are a waste of public funds

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The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said the commissions that are currently underway are a waste of public funds if no one is brought to book.

While campaigning at the Nkaneng informal settlement in Wonderkop, Marikana, on Sunday, 24 March 2019, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said the current commissions into state capture are a waste of public funds if no one is going to be punished. This is the same informal settlement that came under a spotlight when 34 mineworkers were killed by police during a workers’ strike at the Lonmin mine in August 2012.

“There is no doubt that there is no political will on the part of the ruling party to deal with the perpetrators of this corruption. You see that some of them are still in the cabinet,” he said.

The UDM leader spent the day conducting a door-to-door campaign to the people of Nkaneng informal settlement. He ended off the campaign by donating sporting kits for soccer and netball teams that will be participating in a local sports tournament, the finals for which will be held on Saturday, 13 April and Sunday, 14 April 2019. After donating the kits, he commented on the living conditions in the informal settlement, noting that not much had changed.

“I earlier on conducted a door-to-door campaign. I looked at the [living] conditions, there is no improvement. For now, we are here to donate the kit. We are looking forward to the 14th [April] for a [UDM] rally,” he said.

Holomisa said that he believes that politics must be kept out of sport as it brings together people from different walks of life.

“Sport must be depoliticised because people play [sport] and belong to different political parties. That is why today [Sunday] I did not have a political message. The focus was on sport and also to say let us build this tournament to be yearly,” he said.

Abenathi Gqomo
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