n Journal for Contemporary History - Die twis oor die aanwysing van Afrikanerparty-kandidate voor die 1948-verkiesing met spesifieke verwysing na die kandidature van John Vorster en Louis Bootha




Prior to the 1948 general election the National Party and the Afrikaner Party concluded two agreements on cooperation. The cooperation proved to be challenging especially since the National-Socialist organization, the Ossewa-Brandwag, had successfully, with the full knowledge of the Afrikaner Party, infiltrated the latter. Consequently the National Party, who through its congresses had distanced itself fully from the Ossewa-Brandwag, was in effect as a result of the agreements with the Afrikaner Party, indirectly in alliance with the Ossewa-Brandwag. As a result the practical implementation of the agreements - the appointment of candidates and especially candidates with National-Socialist links, like John Vorster and Louis Bootha, severely challenged the cooperation between the National Party and the Afrikaner Party. However, despite this the National Party-Afrikaner Party combination still managed to defeat the United Party at the polls.


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