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The Free Democrats (FREE DEMS) is a South African political party founded by neurologist Dr. Johan Reid to lobby for private health care, and is opposed to the government’s proposed National Health Insurance. It is furthermore in favour of free enterprise, privatisation, private education and lower taxes.[1]

Free Democrats
IdeologyLibertarianism
National Assembly seats
0 / 400
Provincial Legislatures
0 / 430
Website
freedemocrats.co.za

ControversyEdit

Reid has previously been accused of sexual harassment, and has been found guilty of seven counts of unprofessional conduct by the Health Professions Council.[2]

In August 2007, the Health Professions Council issued an apology for "incorrect information" published on their website regarding the guilty verdicts.[3]

Election resultsEdit

The party contested the 2019 general election at national level and in the Western Cape, failing to win a seat.

National electionsEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2019 2,580 0.01%
0 / 400
extraparliamentary

Provincial electionsEdit

Election[4] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2019 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.02% 0/42

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Free Democrats - Desiring Private Health Care". Free Democrats. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  2. ^ Davis, Rebecca. "2019 Elections: Crib-sheet for the political parties contesting the 2019 polls, Part Two". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  3. ^ "Letters & Updates". Free Democrats. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  4. ^ "Results Dashboard". www.elections.org.za. Retrieved 2019-05-11.