African Christian Democratic Party
|African Christian Democratic Party|
|Founded||9 December 1993|
|Headquarters||2 Fore Street, Alberton, Gauteng|
|Ideology||Social conservatism, Christian democracy|
|Colours||Red and blue|
|National Assembly seats|
|Politics of South Africa
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 party states that its platform is based on the biblical standard of reconciliation, justice, compassion, tolerance, peace and the sanctity of life, the individual, the family and community.
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 party supports abstinence-only policy.
The group is opposed to maintaining the current age of consent, and implies that the reason it has not been raised is because so-called "aggressive homosexual activists" would be prevented from sleeping with young boys.
The ACDP was founded on 9 December 1993. 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. Its original manifesto included Christian norms, religious freedom, a freemarket system, human rights and a federal government.
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.
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.
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, as we submit ourselves to God.
- "WHO'S WHO - Presidency". Retrieved 2008-12-18.[dead link]
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