After several years of discord in the United Party (UP), Myburgh Streicher, Cape leader of the UP and five other parliamentarians formed the South African Party (SAP) after breaking away from the UP. Streicher became the leader of the new party. The six members left because they were opposed to the fourteen principles put forward by the Marais Commission, which the majority of the party had accepted in January, 1977.
• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
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