STATEMENT BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY
UDM is extremely concerned about the recent rise of political intolerance and,
particularly, the acts of violence being carried out against our members.
Last weekend, we saw the stoning of UDM canvassers in Shakaville. On Tuesday, ANC supporters disrupted a UDM rally shortly before Bantu
Holomisa was to address the people. Mr.
Holomisa prudently chose to cancel his speech and disperse the crowd so as to
avoid violent confrontation. In the
Western Cape, political intolerance has been on the rise since January when
seven well-known ANC members were arrested for the murder of a UDM supporter.
Yesterday in Langa, a petrol bomb exploded in the home of a UDM leader,
shortly after two ANC councillors announced their defection to the UDM, and the
most recent incident occurred only moments ago when ANC supporters stormed a UDM
rally at the University of Cape Town. After
having his requests to practice political tolerance ignored, Mr. Holomisa was
again forced to abandon a rally out of concern for public safety.
interesting to note that these attacks on UDM supporters have coincided with the
recent verbal attacks directed at our party by speakers at ANC rallies. It is no coincidence that the ANC has been the common denominator in
every inter-party conflict our country has seen, and it is not without reason
that many people who support the UDM are too afraid for their homes and families
to do so openly. How can anyone
deem this election free and fair when so many areas in South Africa are subject
to this ANC reign of terror?
we appreciate the ANC acknowledging the political threat that we pose to the
one-party state, we call on their leaders to do so in a more responsible manner.
As the majority party, it is the ANC’s duty to uphold the democratic
principles of our constitution and, especially at this point in time, to enforce
South Africa’s Electoral Act. Should
the ANC’s apathy towards political tolerance continue, it will only serve to
further undermine the credibility of its government and do so at the cost of
Acting National Secretary
27 May 1999