Electoral Code of Conduct and Pledge of Political Tolerance - media statement by Bantu Holomisa, MP (UDM President) (11 March 2009)

The truth of the matter is that the people who funded and sponsored the so-called black-on-black violence during the 80s and 90s, must be laughing at us; that 15 years into democracy under a black government there are still major political parties who sing songs and make statements that could incite violence. There are still people who are maimed and killed for their political beliefs.

We hope that after we have signed this pledge, all of us will depart here speaking the same language; for our part, the UDM unreservedly commits itself to tolerance and this electoral code of conduct.

The culture of our time is to put down the umshini wam and take up the laptop. Indeed it is time to put down the panga and take up the calculator. This is the struggle of our generation today.