Holomisa, Harrington Bantubonke (Bantu) - The O'Malley Archives
Mandela family friend Bantu Holomisa on Thursday said he would remember He said over the years he and Mandela had developed a father and son relationship. "Our beloved Madiba will be accorded a state funeral. United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. tasked Holomisa with facilitating the preparations for the burial in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Holomisa spoke about his close relationship with Mandela, and how it. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa (left) and Nelson Mandela. File photo: He said over the years he and Mandela had developed a father-and-son relationship. “ Our beloved Madiba will be accorded a state funeral. I order that.
If you won elections through a coalition, decisions must be taken through consensus. There is no other way. No wonder the ANC has repeatedly tried to convince him to return "home". InNelson Mandela made a similar plea.
I now have a small party called the UDM,'" Holomisa recalled, staring at the Mandela statue in front of us.
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Thabo Mbeki needs strong leaders like you. Going back to the ANC will be tantamount to selling them out. What if I mess up again and you expel me? Let's talk about co-operation. First he sent Makhenkesi Stofile, then Mosiuoa Lekota. Both came back empty-handed. I never asked to join the ANC. Tutu has become a fierce critic of the ANC in recent years. In he compared it to the apartheid regime and warned that "one day we will pray for the defeat of the ANC government".
An estimated 5, guests, including Prince Charles, the Malawian president, Joyce Banda, civil rights activist the Rev Jesse Jackson and other dignitaries, will attend the state funeral in Qunu, the village where Mandela grew up in Eastern Cape province.
Eyebrows were raised when Tutu's name did not appear on the order of service for Mandela's national memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday. He was eventually invited to speak after the main programme, but by then the stadium was virtually empty.Holomisa: Madiba defused a ticking bomb
His absence from Sunday's burial, the climax of an unprecedented week of mourning in South Africaprovoked anger and bewilderment. Why would the government not do that?
He should be the first person accredited.
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It's strange — there must have been a breakdown. Mandela and Tutu were like brothers. He's been a statesman; a saint almost, but never a politician. But in a new biography, penned by the editor of Time magazine, Richard Stengel, the world's best-loved nonagenarian seemed to have stooped down to the level of politicians - the scum of the world. The book, Mandela's Way, Lessons on Life, weaves into it "remarkable stories of Mandela as the protege of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the year imprisonment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of 80".
But it is in Chapter 9 - Keep Your Rivals Close - that the grandfather of modern politics engages in the back-stabbing and double-speak that is the hallmark of politicians.
Mandela, Bantu and the politics
Stengel quotes Madiba speaking very unflatteringly about General Bantu Holomisa, someone he's always been seen to be close to, especially publicly. Because of the nature of their relationship, Holomisa, who is omnipresent during functions at the Qunu homestead of the former president, understandably thinks of himself as Madiba's son. He publicly treated Holomisa as a son".