A middle-aged man approaches United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa in a Sandton restaurant. "I want to tell you, general, that I am very proud of you," the man says. "You are really outspoken and I respect everything you do … I will vote for you — there is nobody else I will vote for, not even the DA," he says before walking away. Holomisa laughs and gestures with his hands in a silent, "I told you so". Before the interruption, he was describing the headway his party has made since its inception 20 years ago, when he was kicked out of the ANC. "The people who have been voting for us have been the old people, but now we are getting interest from the middle class, young professionals and the unemployed," he says. Holomisa believes the UDM is a real alternative for voters who are tired of the country’s political landscape. "You talk of discipline, which has been displayed, consistency and a party which is more about the country and its people rather than individuals or...

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