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Holomisa, Sango Patekile

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Chief Holomisa was born in 1959 in the Transkei, the eldest son of the Chief of the Hegebe tribe of the Thembu nation.

He is a lawyer by training and trade, the inkosi of the sub-clan of the abaThembu nation over which he presides in a system believed to impose a leader on a community purely on the basis of genealogy, while he himself sits in a democratically elected parliament as an ANC MP.

He is president of the Congress of South African Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) which he sees as a personal crusade to ensure that traditional and customary values are respected and protected.

In the 1980s he was an activist for the United Democratic Front (UDF).

He is married to the daughter of Kaizer Matanzima, former chief minister of the Transkei.

Source: Mail & Guardian A-Z of South African Politics, 2004.

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