History of elections in South Africa

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Biographies of People involved in the South African Elections

Name  Year
General Louis Botha1910 - 1919
General J. C. Smuts1919 - 1924, 1933 - 1938

1938 - 1943, 1943 - 1948
J. B. M. Hertzog1924 - 1933
D. F. Malan1948 - 1953
J. G. Strydom1953 - 1958
H. F. Verwoerd1958 - 1966
S. P. Sauer (Acting)1961
B. J. Voster1966 - 1978
P. W. Botha (Prime Minister)1978 - 1983
P. W. Botha (President)1983 - 1988
F. W. De Klerk 1988 - 1994

Political leaders of opposition parties

  • Frederic Creswell (1866 - 1948) was leader of the South African Labour Party and Minister of Defence from 1924 to March 1933.
  • J. B. M. Hertzog leader of the National Party, 1914 - 1943
  • General J. C. Smuts, leader of opposition SAP, 1924 - 1933

Key figures in the resistance movement opposed to successive elections

Last updated : 27-Feb-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 04-May-2011