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

Volume 34, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



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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