The Coloured HoR first sat in 1984, after the election was won by the Labour Party, which won 76 of the 80 seats. The party leader, Reverend Alan Hendrickse, who had been part of the Coloured Representative Council, had for decades played the system – using it while at the same time levelling critiques against its undemocratic and unrepresentative nature.
Since its decision in January 1983 to participate, the Labour Party had been unable to hold public meetings anywhere in the Cape through fear of its meetings being broken up (Welsh).
A second election in 1989 saw the Labour Party lose some support, gaining 69 of the 80 seats, other parties represented being the United Democratic Party, the Democratic Reform Party and the Freedom Party.
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