- South African general election, 1987
The 1987 South African general election was held on
6 May 1987alsmost six years after the previous election ( 29 June 1981). The State of Emergencyexisting in South Africa at that time cast a cloud over the elections. It was once again won by the National Party (NP) under the leadership of P. W. Botha, although for the first time it faced serious opposition from the right of the South African political spectrum.
The rightwing opposition came in the form of the Conservative Party (CP), which opposed even the limited powersharing with Indian and
ColouredSouth Africans that had been implemented by the NP as part of a package of constitutional reforms in 1984. The CP was led by a former NP cabinet minister, Andries Treurnicht. Following the election, the CP became the official oppositionparty.
The election year also saw important political developments to the left of the NP. During 1987
Denis Worrallresigned as the South African ambassadorin Londonin order to return to politics. Together with Wynand Malan(who had resigned from the NP) and Esther Lateganhe formed the Independent Movementto fight the general election. Only Malan won a seat and the partnership consequently disintegrated. Denis Worrall and others subsequently went on to form the Independent Party (IP), while Esther Lategan and others formed the National Democratic Movement.
Partially as a result of the split in the votes to the left of the NP, the
Progressive Federal Party(PFP) lost seven of its parliamentary seats as well as its role of official opposition. The New Republic Party (NRP) continued its disintegration and lost 4 of its 5 seats.
1 the seat was won by the Independence Movement.
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