UDM president Bantu Holomisa (File, Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
LEADER: Bantu Holomisa
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Zolisa Lavisa, Mncedisi Filtane, Bongani Msomi, Bongani Maqungwana
PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULT: It received 1.00% of the vote in 2014, and four seats in the National Assembly.
WHAT’S ON OFFER:
- Back to basics – the UDM is a firm believer in the idea of ubuntu. It believes in putting people first and working “social reform”. The party believes in inclusive growth and pro-poor economic growth.
- Economic indaba – the party has a firm economic plan for the country, which involves the redistribution of incomes to alleviate poverty, a decrease in VAT back to 14%, and an increase in corporate income tax. Holomisa has long called for an economic indaba which will lead to a shared economic vision that the country can pursue for the next 20 years.
- Dire state of education – while the party believes in free higher education, it does not support the current national student financial aid scheme, due to maladministration and corruption. The party has also raised concerns over the looming crisis in education and skills shortages. It plans to focus on reopening teacher training colleges and imposing standards that teachers need to meet. It wants to bring back school inspectors to deal with learner attendance and teaching standards.