United Christian Democratic Party

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United Christian Democratic Party
LeaderIsaac Sipho Mfundisi
PresidentIsaac Sipho Mfundisi
ChairpersonCelia Ipuseng Ditshetelo
Secretary-GeneralChristopher Seero Tsile
SpokespersonPule Serapelo
Deputy LeaderTediye Phillip Mooerane
Deputy PresidentTediye Phillip Moerane
FounderLucas Mangope
Founded1997
HeadquartersMafikeng, North West Province
Youth wingUCDP Youth League
IdeologyChristian democracy
Political positionCentre-right to Right-wing
Coloursorange, brown and green
Slogan'Stand up and Speak out'
National Assembly seats
0 / 400
NCOP seats
0 / 90
Website
www.ucdp.org.za

The United Christian Democratic Party is a minor political party in South Africa. It was founded by Lucas Mangope, leader of the Bophuthatswana bantustan in 1997, as a successor to the Tswana National Party,[1] and led by him for the first fifteen years of its existence. Mavis Matladi was elected as its leader on 29 January 2011[2] after the expulsion of Mangope.[3] Matladi died in December 2011.[4] Isaac Sipho Mfundisi was elected president on Saturday, 7 January 2012.

Most of the party's support comes from the North West province (where the old Bophuthatswana was located), and it has very little presence elsewhere in the country. The UCDP was the official opposition to the African National Congress in the North West province in 1999 and 2004, but slipped to 4th in the provincial legislature in 2009, and lost all of its seats in the provincial legislature in 2014.

In the 2009 elections, the party won 66,086 votes (0.37% of the national total), and 2 seats in Parliament, representing a loss of approximately 50% of its support, and 1 seat, from the preceding elections.

In the provincial elections, their support dropped from 8.49% and 3 seats in the 2004 North West provincial election,[5] to 5,27% and 2 seats in 2009. In 2009, in six of the other provinces, they gained less than 0.1% support.

In the 2014 elections, the party slumped further, losing all of its provincial and national seats.

The party's mission statement stresses the need for Christian values, non-racial democracy, and government inducements for personal self-reliance, while the 2004 manifesto attacked the ANC for, among other things, its alleged softness on crime, nepotism, and neglect of South African infrastructure.[6]

A 2003 survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council found that 85% of UCDP voters were female.[7]

Election results[edit]

National elections[edit]

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
1999 125,280 0.80
3 / 400
in opposition
2004 117,792 0.75
3 / 400
Steady ±0 in opposition
2009 66,086 0.37
2 / 400
Decrease 1 in opposition
2014 21,744 0.12
0 / 400
Decrease 2 extraparliamentary

Provincial elections[edit]

Election[8] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
1999 - - 0.78% 0/30 0.24% 0/73 - - 0.23% 0/49 - - 9.57% 3/33 - - - -
2004 0.12% 0/63 0.77% 0/30 0.26% 0/73 0.14% 0/80 0.22% 0/49 0.17% 0/30 8.49% 3/33 0.33% 0/30 0.23% 0/42
2009 0.08% 0/63 0.33% 0/30 0.24% 0/73 0.05% 0/80 0.09% 0/49 0.07% 0/30 5.27% 2/33 1.21% 0/30 0.08% 0/42
2014 0.05% 0/63 0.11% 0/30 0.08% 0/73 0.06% 0/80 0.06% 0/49 0.06% 0/30 1.18% 0/33 0.37% 0/30 0.05% 0/42
2019 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.48% 0/33 - - - -

Municipal elections[edit]

Election Votes % +/–
2000 1.0%
2006 334,504 1.3%
2011 168,351 0.6%
2016[9] 28,241 0.07%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-12-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2013-12-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-12-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "UCDP president dies - IOL News".
  5. ^ "Election Results North West". Archived from the original on 2007-03-19. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  6. ^ "United Christian Democratic Party" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  7. ^ "DIRECTORIES Media". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  8. ^ "Results Dashboard". www.elections.org.za. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  9. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots" (PDF). elections.org.za. Retrieved 11 August 2016.

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