- South African general election, 1924
The 1924 South African general election was a
realigning electionin the Union of South Africa's House of Assembly held on June 19, 1924to elect 135 members. Rising discontent with the government of Jan Smutsled to the defeat of his coalition government by a coalition of the pro- AfrikanerNational Party and the South African Labour Party, a socialistparty representing the interests of the white proletariat. Smuts had angered South African nationalists by his moderate stance on South African independence from the British Empire. The worldwide depression after the end of the First World Warhad led to a strike in South Africa, which had been defused through a combination of military force and negotiation with the out-gunned unions, earning Smuts the enmity of the labour vote. As a consequence Smuts's SAP was defeated by a Nationalist–Labour Pact, James Hertzogformed the government and became prime minister– a position he was to hold until 1939.
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