Know Your SA Political Parties (part 1/5): the Freedom Front


On 1 March, South Africa will hold its local government elections, which will determine who will run our cities and towns for the next 5 years.

As is traditional in the run up to an election, lampposts across the nation have suddenly blossomed with a great profusion of campaign posters. SA Blog takes it upon itself to explain a different poster each day this week, lest visitors become edgy from all the manic smiling from moderate heights.

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We start with the Freedom Front Plus, and its leader Pieter Mulder.

Party: Freedom Front Plus (FF+), or in Afrikaans, Vryheidsfront Plus (VF+)
Leader: Pieter Mulder, MP
Constituency: Afrikaners who got FF-pluses in high school.
Status: Bottom feeder
Election strategy: Denial
Prospects: Statistical insignificance


Extended analysis:
The slogan of the FF+ this year is “more than just opposition”, a masterstroke of overstatement. The fact that its direct opposite – “less than just opposition” – is far better tailored to the party’s profile only spurs admiration for right-wing Afrikaners’ ability to wallow in denial. The party has something like 1% of the vote, nationally, and despite Pieter “the Pipe Dreamer” Mulder’s efforts, there will be no Orange Revolution in SA this year.