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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Labour Party (LP)

Formed in 1965 the LP was set up to articulate the interests of Coloured people. In the 1969 election for the Coloured Persons Representative Council (CRC), an advisory body created by the government and not widely accepted by the Coloureds themselves, the LP won most seats but its efforts to destroy the CRC from within failed. It agreed to participate in the election for the tricameral parliament in 1984, becoming the ruling party in the House of Representatives, but many Coloureds rejected the new dispensation. The LP's influence dwindled and it supported the ANC in the 1994 election.

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