February 1, 1994
South Africa's ruling National Party, which created apartheid in 1948 and began dismantling it in 1990, will hold its political convention Wednesday and Thursday to announce its parliamentary candidates and present its platform for the country's first multiracial democratic elections. In a keynote address, President Frederik W.
August 28, 1990
South Africa's ruling National Party, battling to hold onto white voters nervous about apartheid reforms, meets in this southeastern coastal city Thursday and Friday for its first provincial congress since President Frederik W. de Klerk's election 11 months ago. Its biggest problem is retaining white support long enough to prove that the reform process can bring the country together and end its international ostracism.
May 6, 1990 |
Former President Pieter W. Botha, dissatisfied with the changing policies of the South African government, has withdrawn from the National Party that he served for more than 50 years, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Afrikaans-language newspaper Rapport said Botha, 73, who resigned as president last August after 11 years in power, was upset with the wide-ranging reforms introduced by his successor, Frederik W. de Klerk.
April 19, 1987 |
After ruling South Africa for nearly 40 years, the National Party is in its toughest election battle yet, not so much to retain its immediate hold on power here as to shape the country's future. To win the whites-only parliamentary election next month is not enough; President Pieter W. Botha's Nationalists want to win big, soundly defeating their critics on both the right and the left.
September 8, 1989 |
The ruling National Party attempted Thursday to put the best face on an election setback, its worst in 41 years of rule, saying the slim parliamentary majority has given the government a clear mandate for modest racial reform and, ultimately, relinquishing some white control of South Africa.
February 3, 1989 |
Ailing President Pieter W. Botha resigned Thursday as leader of South Africa's ruling white National Party, and Education Minister Frederik W. de Klerk, a more conservative politician, was swiftly elected to replace him. Although Botha said he will retain the job of state president, the move appeared to signal the first step toward the end of Botha's 10-year rule, a decision hastened by a mild stroke the 73-year-old leader suffered two weeks ago.