Liberal Party of South Africa statements of policy

Scope and Content

Statements of policy for consideration by the National Congress. Also includes decisions taken by the National Congress, July 1953. Subjects include civil rights, economic policy, education, housing, social welfare. Includes comments by Mr. Philip and a memorandum by Dr. Wollheim. 23 pages.

Administrative / Biographical History

For the first half of its existence the Liberal Party was fairly conservative, and saw its principal task as changing the minds of the white electorate. It supported a qualified franchise. The Sharpeville massacre and the subsequent state of emergency altered the party's perspective. In the 1960s, the Liberal Party supported a democratic, non-racial South Africa. The party disbanded in 1968.

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The collection is held at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies - Senate House London

Archivist's Note

Uploaded by Clara Cuccu (12.02.2022).

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