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Encyclopedia > African Christian Democratic Party

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The ACDP in brief

The African Christian Democratic Party is a political party in South Africa and form part of the International Political Christian Democratic Family. It was founded in 1993 and claims to represent "Bible believing Christians" and "those who have a high regard for moral values". As such the party concentrates mostly on "moral" issues such as abortion, homosexuality and pornography. Indeed its 2000 manifesto opposed the promotion of condoms and safe sex as a way of preventing HIV transmission. "The ACDP feel strongly that the condom campaign must be abandoned and that abstinence and faithfulness in marriage must be promoted." Therefore the ACDP party platform is similar to that of the controversial Christian Democratic Party (Australia), which enjoys a cordial relationship with the ACDP.

The party is led by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Rasalabe Joseph Meshoe (MP). As of 2004 it has 7 members in the South African Parliament.

ACDP logo

ACDP logo

The Logo was designed by a number of ACDP pioneers, and was aimed at representing what a Party with Biblical Christian principles should entail. The two arrows from left and right, signify drawing South Africans from the right and left of race, politics, ideology, Church affiliation, religion, language, tribe and culture towards the Cross of Jesus Christ in reconciliation, and unity, in God Almighty, and amongst people of South Africa.

The arrows upward and downwards illustrate die direction up towards God and down towards our fellow South Africans and our communities.

The red border signifies the Blood of Jesus Christ, surrounding and protecting the ACDP and its members and followers, and the people of South Africa.

10 Year History of the ACDP'

The need for a credible alternative to the divisive politics of the past, prompted Christians from diverse backgrounds to launch a new political party in December 1993 and so the African Christian Democratic Party was established exactly a hundred days prior to South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994.

With the concept of multi party democracy in the air, Christians from all over the Republic established a political party that not only represents Bible believing Christians, but also those who have a high regard for moral values.

The ACDP has taken as its platform the biblical standard of reconciliation, justice, compassion, tolerance, peace and the sanctity of life, the individual, the family and community. It proposes to direct the political debate towards these issues and to unite people around the common values, instead of focusing on ideological, historical and racial differences.

During that first election in 1994, the ACDP surprised many people by securing 2 seats in National Government and 3 in Provincial Government.

Being the smallest of the seven parties then in National Government, the ACDP was the only party to vote against the adoption of the South African Constitution.

A year later, the ACDP took part in the Local Government Elections in a few of the municipalities. The party won 3 seats. However during the next 5 years, 4 councilors from other political parties crossed the floor to join the ACDP.

In 1999 many critics believed that the ACDP would lose one of the two seats it had in National Parliament. To the contrary, the ACDP tripled it's representation and became the 5th largest party in parliament with 7 parliamentarians. The Party also won its first seat on the National Council of Provinces. Provincially the Party added another representative to bring ACDP representation in 4 different legislatures.

The greatest growth that the ACDP experienced up to date was during the 2000 Local Government Elections, from 7 councilors to 70 councilors nationally.

ACDP Elections slogans:

  • 1994 General Election: "Protect your family's future"
  • 1995 Local Government Election: "Protect your family's future"
  • 1999 General Election: "Bringing order to the Nation"
  • 2000 Local Government Election: "Real Hope, Real Care"
  • 2004 General Elections: "Real Hope"


  • History of the ACDP (http://www.acdp.org.za/information/party_history.htm/)

External link

  • ACDP Home page (http://www.acdp.org.za/)

  Results from FactBites:
African Christian Democratic Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (613 words)
The African Christian Democratic Party is a political party in South Africa.
The ACDP platform is based on what it sees as the biblical standard of reconciliation, justice, compassion, tolerance, peace and the sanctity of life, the individual, the family and community.
To the contrary, the ACDP tripled its representation and became the fifth largest party in Parliament with seven parliamentarians.
The Militant - December 25, 2000 -- ANC keeps majority in South African municipal elections (712 words)
Nonracial, democratic elections for the national government took place in 1994 and 1999, and a local government vote was held in 1995-96.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) gained 23 percent of the votes and the Inkatha Freedom Party 9 percent, with the African Christian Democratic Party, United Democratic Movement, Pan Africanist Congress, and other smaller parties receiving the balance.
Claims by the Democratic Alliance, echoed in the big-business press worldwide, that the party's strength grew sharply among Africans are exaggerated.
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