n Journal for Contemporary History - Die strewe na samewerking in Afrikaner-politieke geledere voor die 1948-verkiesing

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In the years leading up to the 1948 parliamentary election numerous efforts were made to heal the political rift that existed amongst Afrikaners. The initial endeavours to foster co-operation between the Herenigde National Party and the Afrikaner Party met with little success for a number of reasons. These included previously strained relations between the respective leaders Malan and Havenga as well as the relationship between the latter and the Ossewa-Brandwag. Only when the Broederbond entered the fray the two parties started to move closer. Despite the shadow cast on co-operation by the Ossewa-Brandwag and suspicious Nationalists the relationship grew, eventually leading the combination to an unlikely political victory.

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