The United Party is formed

Jan Smuts, the last United Party Prime Minister (1919-1924, 1939-1948)

Wednesday, 5 December 1934

The United South African National Party, also known as the United Party, was officially formed after a merger between the National Party, under the leadership of General J.B.M. Hertzog, and the South African Party under General J.C. Smuts. In 1933 the two parties put aside their differences and began to cooperate when they formed the coalition government.

References:
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau;
•  Muller, C.F.J. (ed)(1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica, p. 429.

Last updated : 07-Jun-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011