Zach de Beer
|Zacharias Johannes de Beer|
|South African Ambassador to
|Co-leader of the Democratic Party|
Serving with Denis Worrall
|Succeeded by||Tony Leon|
11 October 1928|
Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
|Died||27 May 1999
Cape Town, South Africa
|Spouse(s)||Maureen Strauss (div.)
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town|
Zacharias Johannes (Zach) de Beer (born Cape Town, South Africa, 11 October 1928 – 27 May 1999) was a liberal Afrikaner South African politician and businessman. He was the last leader of the liberal Progressive Federal Party and then the co-leader of the new liberal Democratic Party.
De Beer was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1953 as an MP for the opposition United Party. On the party's left wing, he and fellow MP Helen Suzman, Colin Eglin, Ray Swart, Harry Lawrence and Dr Jan Steytler resigned from the party after its national congress voted against returning any further land to the black majority for their occupation and use. He and the other liberal MPs formed the new Progressive Party in 1959. De Beer lost his seat in the 1961 general election and joined an advertising agency before moving on the Anglo-American. In the 1977 general election, he was returned to Parliament as an MP for what had become the Progressive Federal Party which had been formed that year through a merger of the Progressive Party and various other liberal groups of MPs. He became the PFP's leader in August 1988 and, with Denis Worrall and Wynand Malan was a co-leader of the new Democratic Party when it formed in 1989.
- Allan, Jani. Poetry, politics, the PFP and, for Zach de Beer, a decent set of ideals to face the future with. Sunday Times (South Africa). 24 July 1988
- Paul Trewhela, "Obituary: Zach de Beer", The Independent, 3 June 1999