Christian Democratic Party (South Africa)

The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) is a Christian social conservative party in South Africa. The party was registered on 9 September 1999 and was formally launched a year later.

Christian Democratic Party
LeaderRev. Theunis Botha
Founded9 September 1999
HeadquartersMenlyn, Pretoria, South Africa
IdeologyChristian democracy
Political positionCentre-right to Right-wing
Party flag
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The CDP's support was mainly in Gauteng, and its alliance partner in Mpumalanga was the Christen Party/Christian Party.[1]

Leadership structureEdit

The party's leadership structure is the Federal Leadership Council, which consisted of the party leader, two co-leaders, and provincial leaders.

Party leaderEdit

The leader of the CDP is Theunis Botha, who had been a Christian cleric since 1970. He is the founder of the Christian Drama Workshop (CDW) and the Christian Fellowship of Ministries (CFM).[2] He had been involved in politics since 1994, as councillor in the Pretoria City Council and member of the provincial legislator (MPL) for Gauteng. Botha was opposed to what he sees as secular/humanist and socialist/liberal factions within the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance.

Co-Federal LeaderEdit

The CDP's co-Federal Leader is Richard Botha. He had been involved in politics since 2000 when he joined the CDP. He served on various structures and became the regional Chairperson before becoming co-Federal Leader. He has served as a councillor on the Tshwane Metro Council in 2009. He serves on the Finance, City Planning and Corporate Shared Services committees.

Election resultsEdit

National electionsEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2004 17,619 0.11
0 / 400

It did not contest the 2009 election, instead supporting the formation of a new party, the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), along with a number of other parties. The CDA failed to win a seat.

It did not contest the 2014 election.[3]


  1. ^ "CDA web-site". Archived from the original on 2009-03-10.
  2. ^ "JV News".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Christian Democratic Party pulls out of general election". Times LIVE. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.

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