Afrikaner Party

The Afrikaner Party (AP) was a South African political party from 1941 to 1951.

Afrikaner Party
FounderNicolaas Havenga
Founded1941 (1941)
Dissolved1951 (1951)


The Afrikaner Party's roots can be traced back to September 1939, when South Africa declared war on Germany shortly after the start of World War II. The then Prime Minister J.B.M. Hertzog and his followers did not agree with this move and broke away from the United Party to form the Volksparty (People's Party).

The Volksparty later split: one faction joined the Gesuiwerde Nasionale Party (Purified National Party) to form the Herenigde Nasionale Party (Re-united National Party) while the other faction became the Afrikaner Party under the leadership of N.C. Havenga.


After the 1948 South African general election the Herenigde National Party and Afrikaner Party formed a coalition in order to achieve an absolute majority in parliament. The Afrikaner Party was very much the junior partner in this, however, and in 1951, the two parties amalgamated to become the National Party.

Election results

National Assembly
Election year # of total votes  % of overall vote # of seats won Rank
1943[1] 15,607 1.78% 0 5/6
1948[2] 41,885 3.93% 9 3/4


  1. Bryn Morgan. "General Election results, 1 May 1997" (PDF). House of Commons Library. p. 6. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. Bryn Morgan. "General Election results, 7 June 2001" (PDF). House of Commons Library. p. 11. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  • Winkler Prins Encyclopedie 1955, deur: red. Winkler Prins.
  • Nuwe Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika: T. Cameron. 1986, Human & Rousseau.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.