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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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Liberal Party

A non-racial, left of centre political party formed in 1953, it rejected the communist leanings of the Congress of Democrats*. Its aim was equality for all and it hoped to form a strong opposition to the NP.* Among its prominent leaders was outspoken author Alan Paton. The Liberal Party was disbanded in 1963 when the government legislated against non-racial membership of a political party.

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