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African Christian Democratic Party
Leader Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe
Founded 1993
Headquarters 2 Fore Street
Ideology Social conservatism,
Christian democracy
International affiliation unknown
Official colours Blue, Red
National Assembly members 3
Politics of South Africa
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The African Christian Democratic Party is a South African political party founded in 1993. It consists mainly of conservative Christians and its doctrine concentrates mostly on social issues such as abortion, homosexuality and pornography.

The leader of the party is Rev. Dr. Kenneth Rasalabe Joseph Meshoe (MP).[1] As of 2009, the ACDP has three members in the South African Parliament.



The party states that its 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.

With regard to the sanctity of life, they are fully anti-abortion[2] but they are supportive of the death penalty[3] for certain killing crimes.[4]

The ACDP was the only party to vote against the adoption of the final version of the South African Constitution, for reason that it enshrined abortion on demand and the specific protection of sexual orientation.

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."


The ACDP was founded on 9 December 1993.[5] The party often claims that it was founded exactly a hundred days prior to South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, but in reality it was 140 days.[6] Its original manifesto included Christian norms, religious freedom, a freemarket system, human rights and a federal government.[7]

Election results

Election Votes % Seats
2009 142,658 0.81 3
2004 250,272 1.60 7
1999 228,975 1.43 6
1994 88,104 0.45 2

1994 elections

In its first election, the ACDP secured two seats in the national government. This made the ACDP the smallest of the seven parties in the national government of 1994. They also secured three seats in the provincial government. A year later, the ACDP won three seats in local government elections. From 1994-1999, four councillors from other political parties crossed the floor to join the ACDP.

1999 elections

In 1999, the ACDP won seven seats to become the sixth largest party in Parliament. The party also won its first seat on the National Council of Provinces. On provincial level, the party won four seats. A year later, the ACDP won 70 seats in the local government elections.

2004 elections

In 2004, the ACDP won 1,6% of the votes at national level[8] and 7% of the votes at provincial level.[9] They were now the seventh largest party, with 7 seats in the National Assembly.

The ACDP logo symbolises various biblical Christian principles.

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. The arrows upward and downwards illustrate the direction up towards God and down towards South Africans and to South African 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.


During the 1994 election campaign, the ACDP canvassed heavily in the white churches and downplayed the "African" part of its name, which after its election became clear to mean "black African".

On its own web site, the ACDP claims that according to an HSRC report of 2000 only 50% of its support-base is black and 18% is "white and coloured",[10] but an HSRC report of 2000 estimates that 87% of its support-base is black and only 5% is white.[11]


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