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Africa Muslim Party

image by Bruce Berry, 21 May 2009

The Africa Muslim Party (AMP) was formed in 1994 in order to participate in South Africa's first democratic elections.  AMP believes in maximum powers to the people on the ground and regards the devolution powers from the centre to the provinces and communities as essential based on morality,  religious freedom, the abolition of poverty and hunger, improving the social environment in which the diverse beliefs, customs and languages are promoted.  The AMP promotes free and fair trading conditions, fighting nepotism and corruption and the provision of better education facilities, health care, housing and free services to the poor and needy.  AMP will promote adult education to increase literacy in the society and to promote small and medium size business and start up entrepreneurs in business that are beneficial to the majority of the people.  Finally, the AMP will fight racism and bigotry at all levels and promote tolerance and understanding.

The AMP logo has a green field with a white crescent moon and five point star in the hoist.  A tan coloured ball, from which four tan coloured rays radiate, is in the lower fly.  The letters AMP are superimposed in black over the ball and the full name of the party is written above.
image by Bruce Berry, 21 May 2009

African People's Convention (APC)

image sent by Bruce Berry, 11 May 2009

The APC was formed in 2007 and had two seats in the National Assembly until April 2009. The APC is underpinned by the philosophies of:
1) Pan-Africanism - a socio-political world view which seeks to unify and uplift both native Africans and those of the African diasporas as part of a "global African community";
2) socialism - a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community; and
3) African Nationalism and continental unity. The APC stands for one unified Africa.

According to its election manifesto, then principles of the party are:
* To rally the people to defend and advance the right to National self-determination.
* To strive for an Africanist Socialist Democracy.
* To strive and promote the ideal of the Union of African States, including the African Diaspora.
* To strive and promote international solidarity among progressive forces.
* To strive and promote the advancement of the interests of the people, educationally, culturally and economically.
* To strive and promote the projection of the African personality.

The APC uses the same colours of black, green and gold as does the African National Congress and Pan-African Congress parties. The party's logo is in the form of a circle divided horizontally with the top half showing a yellow rising sun against a green background. The lower half has the party initials in black against a white background.
Bruce Berry, 11 May 2009

Black Consciousness Party

image sent by Bruce Berry, 29 June 2009

The Black Consciousness Party (BCP) was launched on 13 September 2008 in Pretoria after the commemoration of the brutal killing of its founder Bantu Steven Biko by the apartheid regime in 1977.  The BCP has close ties with the Azanian People’s Organization (AZAPO) and according to party officials, will work together in the 2009 elections. The BCP only contested the provincial elections in Limpopo.
Bruce Berry, 29 June 2009

Economic Freedom Movement

 image by Martin Grieve, 17 Dec 2003

The Economic Freedom Movement is a new libertarian political party in South Africa. Its emblem, in the form of  a green, purple and yellow flower can be found this website.
Gary Selikow, 17 Dec 2003

Great Kongress of South Africa (GKSA)

image sent by Bruce Berry, 03 May 2009

The Great Kongress of South Africa (GKSA) was launched in 2007 in Soweto and according to its leader, Vinesh Chuturgoon, it has 150 000 members. The party is aiming for 26 seats in the National Parliament in the current election. Its leader previously served as chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party's executive committee and as a Ward Councillor of Ward 4 in Newcastle (KwaZulu-Natal).

GKSA strongly believes in socialism and its motto is 'equality for all'. According to the party, its main aim is to fight crime and ensure that the youth participate in various empowerment programmes.

The GKSA logo takes the form of a wavy flag comprising three horizontal stripes of yellow, white and green with part of the name of the party, "GREAT KONGRESS", in the centre of the white stripe. On the national ballot the words "of SA" are written under the logo.
Bruce Berry, 03 May 2009

Minority Front (MF)

image by Bruce Berry, 04 May 2009

Although the Minority Front (MF) claims to represent all the minorities of South Africa, its support comes almost entirely from South Africa's Indian community in Kwazulu-Natal. The party stands for the absence of discrimination and inequality with regard to minority groups and co-operation between races. The party is headed by Amichand Rajbansi, a former Chief Minister of the House of Delegates tricameral parliamentary chamber for Indians in the pre-1994 political dispensation. The MF had two seats in the National Assembly and is also represented in the eThekwini Metropolitan Council in Durban.

The party logo has a stylised head of a Bengal Tiger followed by the letters "MF" in white on a red stripe, with the full name of the party in white on a blue stripe below, underneath all of which is a thin green
stripe, all on a white background.
Bruce Berry, 04 May 2009

New Generation Political Party (EZPZ)

The flag of the liberal the EZPZ New Generation Political Party is shown on their website.
Gary Selikow, 16 Dec 2003

United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)

image sent by Bruce Berry, 29 June 2009

The UCDP is contesting the 2009 South African general elections with a modified banner. The emblem of the party is now slightly off centre on a yellow background, and not a horizontal bi-colour as mentioned by Gary Selikow below.  The emblem of the party remains unchanged. 

The United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) was formed by Lucas Mangope, the former President of the "homeland" of Bophuthatswana. Mangope was among the first homeland leaders to accept so-called independence for the seTswana-speaking people. The UCDP was the only party allowed to operate in the territories under his control.   According to its election manifesto, the vision of the UCDP is to be the leading party in uniting all South Africans, Christians and non-Christians alike, in a truly democratic, non-racial and non-sexist partnership inspired by the desire to work together in a diverse society in building a prosperous and free nation.
Bruce Berry, 29 June 2009

The United Christian Democratic Party is a moderate Christian Democratic Party in South Africa. The emblem in the center of the the flag can be found at on the top left hand of the website.

The flag has the same dimensions of the Indonesian flag , with 2 bands, orange at the top (where their would be red on the Indonesian flag) and white at the bottom, with the UCDP emblem in  the center of the flag. The emblem in the center is prominent and the same size as the emblem on the Cypriot flag.
Gary Selikow, 16 Dec 2003

Workers Party

  image by Martin Grieve, 17 Dec 2003

The flag of the Workers Party in South Africa can be found in the middle of their website.
When the emblem is used as a flag.  It is flown in the usual flag dimensions with the emblem in the middle, being the red star on the yellow diamond on a black background.
Gary Selikow,
16 Dec 2003