A new South African opposition party was created on Wednesday (29 June) from he remains of the United Party -- the country's oldest political grouping.
GV EXTERIOR: conference building.
SV: flag flying on building.
SV: Mr. Th?? Gardener Democratic Party leader speaking in English.
GV PAN: crowd applaud.
SV: Sir de Villiers Graaf United Party leader speaking in English.
GARDENER: "Unless we create a real group, a centralist group to bridge the gap between these polarising sections .... unless we create a centralist group, a new, strong policy based on a pillar of society, and accepted by us generally.... unless we do that, we have no hope of stopping this polarisation which is going on between black and white.... and white the black. And this in itself is the sort of question that has been the cause of all the revolutions in the world......"
GRAAF: "When we first began, we sank out differences, and positively worked together. Yesterday I asked my party, the old United Party, if it was prepared to sink its difference and be prepared to come forward with me into a new party. I know I asked for these sacrifices to be made....but I also made it clear that I would be prepared to make them myself. And I want to thank the members of my own party from the bottom of my heart for loyal way in which I was supported."
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Background: A new South African opposition party was created on Wednesday (29 June) from he remains of the United Party -- the country's oldest political grouping. But the formation of the New Republic Party (NRP) could mean further feuding among white opposition groups in Parliament, which may help the National Party in elections to be held within two years.
The United Party was formed as the ruling party in South Africa by Generals Jan Smuts and Barry Hertzog in 1934. It remained in power until 1948 when the Afrikaner-based National Party was swept into office on a wave of support that has continued to the present.
SYNOPSIS: The United Party (UP) -- finally died when a special congress of the United and Democratic parties decided by acclamation to merge into the NRP. The Democratic party leader Theo Gerdener spoke to the assembly.
The resolution to form the new party was proposed by Sir de Villiers Graaf. leader of the United Party since 1956. He was chosen as the interim leader.