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List of political parties in South Africa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of political parties in South Africa. South Africa is a democratic but one-party dominant state with the African National Congress as the governing party. Other parties such as the Democratic Alliance govern provinces and municipalities, with some in coalitions with smaller parties.

Parliamentary Parties

Name Abbreviation Leader Year Founded Main Ideologies National Assembly Seats National Council of Provinces Seats
African National Congress ANC Cyril Ramaphosa 1912 African nationalism

Social democracy

230 54
Democratic Alliance DA John Steenhuisen 2000 Economic liberalism

Social liberalism

84 20
Economic Freedom Fighters EFF Julius Malema 2013 Left-wing Populism


44 11
Inkatha Freedom Party IFP Velenkosini Hlabisa 1975 Conservatism

Economic liberalism

14 2
Freedom Front Plus VF+ Pieter Groenewald 1994 Afrikaner nationalism

Right-wing populism

10 3
African Christian Democratic Party ACDP Kenneth Meshoe 1993 Christian democracy

Social conservatism

4 0
United Democratic Movement UDM Bantu Holomisa 1997 Social democracy 2 0
African Transformation Movement ATM Vuyolwethu Zungula 2018 Christian democracy


2 0
Good GOOD Patricia de Lille 2018 Environmentalism

Social democracy

2 0
National Freedom Party NFP Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi 2011 Egalitarianism

Social democracy

2 0
African Independent Congress AIC Mandla Galo 2005 Social conservatism 2 0
Congress of the People COPE Mosiuoa Lekota 2008 Social democracy

Social liberalism

2 0
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania PAC Mzwanele Nyhontso 1959 African socialism

Black nationalism

1 0
Al Jama-ah ALJAMA-AH Ganief Hendricks 2007 Islamic democracy 1 0

Former Parliamentary Parties

Active Extra-Parliamentary Parties

Name Abbreviation Leader Year Founded Main Ideologies Highest Number of National Assembly Seats (year) Highest Number of National Council of Provinces Seats (year)
African People's Convention APC Themba Godi 2007 African nationalism


1 (2014) 0
Agang South Africa AGANG SA Andries Tlouamma 2013 Liberalism


2 (2014) 0
Azanian People's Organisation AZAPO Strike Thokoane 1978 Black Consciousness


1 (2009) 0
Minority Front MF Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi 1993 Indian Minority interests

Social democracy

2 (2004) 0
United Christian Democratic Party UCDP Isaac Sipho Mfundisi 1997 Christian democracy 3 (2004) 1 (2009)

Extra-Parliamentary Parties

Defunct Parties

See also


  1. ^ "Former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba launches his new ActionSA party". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  2. ^ Westhuizen, Pieter van der. "ACA Party". Archived from the original on 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  3. ^ "Tuisblad - Afrikanervolksparty". Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Cape Party – Free The Cape".
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist) — Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Legal Notice No 37064". Government Gazette. 581 C. 29 November 2013.
  10. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2007-11-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) National Peoples Party
  12. ^ "New political party, the Republican Democrats to contest elections". Times LIVE. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-12-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "The OHM". Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  17. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Five parties deregistered by IEC". Times LIVE. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. five parties – the Justice Party, the Real Congress, the United Democratic Civic Organisation, the Unemployed People's Party and the Christian Front – were deregistered
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2009-04-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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