Background

Twenty seven political parties participated at the Kempton Park negotiations which took part prior to 1994. The Freedom Front was founded during this time under the leadership of Genl Constand Viljoen. The party struck an accord with the ANC.

Nineteen parties contested the national elections on 27 April 1994, of which only seven won seats in Parliament. The Freedom Front, only one month old, ended as the fourth largest party, after the ANC, NP and IFP. 

The most significant occurance during the course of the first political term was the writting of the new South African constitution. The Freedom Front actively participated in the process and focused on the inclusion of self-determination and group rights.

The Freedom Front played a key role in the inclusion of the following sections in the new Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996):

  • Sections 30 and 31 which provides for the collective rights of language and cultural communities;
  • Section 185 which provides for a Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religeous, and Language communities;
  • Section 235 which provides for the right of self-determinations.