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The Minority Front is a political party in South Africa. Though the party aims to represent all minorities of South Africa, its support comes mainly from South Africa's Indian community. Its largest base of political strength is in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, especially the city of Durban which is the cultural and demographic centre of South Africa's Indian community. It was led by Amichand Rajbansi until his death in December 2011.

Minority Front
LeaderShameen Thakur-Rajbansi [1]
Founded1 November 1993 (1993-11-01)
Preceded byNational People's Party
Headquarters347 Florence Nightingale Drive , Westcliff , Chatsworth, Durban
IdeologyInterests of minorities
Social democracy
SloganYour Choice and Voice All the Way
National Assembly seats
0 / 400
KZN Legislature seats
1 / 80
Website
www.minorityfront.com[2]

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HistoryEdit

It was formed as a successor to the National People's Party, which was an important party led by Rajbansi in the Indian-only House of Delegates in the Tricameral Parliament.[3]

After his death, Rajbansi's widow, Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi, was appointed as leader in January 2012.[4] A leadership and family battle erupted when an attempt was made to replace Thakur-Rajbansi as leader, with Amichand Rajbansi's son, Vimal, and first wife, Asha Devi Rajbansi, asking her to step down, and a breakaway conference (not recognized by the IEC) elected Roy Bhoola, who Thakur-Rajbansi had attempted to remove from public office.[5][6] Thakur-Rajbansi was declared the undisputed leader in December 2013 after the parties settled their disputes in a confidential agreement.[1]

Election resultsEdit

National electionsEdit

Election[7] Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
1994 13,433 0.07%
0 / 400
extra-parliamentary
1999 48,277 0.30%
1 / 400
  1 in opposition
2004 55,267 0.35%
2 / 400
  1 in opposition
2009 43,474 0.25%
1 / 400
  1 in opposition
2014 22,589 0.12%
0 / 400
  1 extra-parliamentary
2019 11,961 0.07%
0 / 400
  ±0 extra-parliamentary

Provincial electionsEdit

Election[7] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
1994 - - - - - - 1.34% 1/80 - - - - - - - - - -
1999 - - - - - - 2.93% 2/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2004 - - - - - - 2.61% 2/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2009 - - - - - - 2.05% 2/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2014 - - - - 0.07% 0/73 1.02% 1/80 - - - - - - - - - -
2019 - - - - - - 0.52% 1/80 - - - - - - - - - -

Municipal electionsEdit

Election Votes %
1995-96
2000 0.3%
2006 84,785 0.3%
2011 113,195 0.4%
2016[8] 13,407 0.03%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Thakur Rajbansi declared MF leader - IOL News".
  2. ^ "The Minority Front". The Minority Front.
  3. ^ "Rajbansi: Bombastic, thick-skinned and controversial - IOL News".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Post".
  6. ^ "Rajbansi is ousted as head of Minority Front - IOL News".
  7. ^ a b "Results Dashboard". www.elections.org.za. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  8. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots" (PDF). elections.org.za. Retrieved 11 August 2016.