South African general election, 1981

South African general election, 1981

During the 1981 South African general election, the National Party achieved another landslide victory, winning 131 of 165 seats in parliament. Meanwhile the Progressive Federal Party - led since 1979 by Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, an Afrikaner - increased its representation in the House of Assembly to 26 seats, thus consolidating its position as the official opposition.

The Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP), which representented the right-wing conservative Afrikaners, received 13,1% of the popular vote but did not gain any seats in Parliament.

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