The United Democratic Front was one of the leading anti-apartheid organisations of the 1980s. It was a non-racial coalition of approximately 400 civic, church, students', workers' and other organisations formally launched on 20 August 1983. It was initially formed to fight the Tricameral Parliament and the Black Local Authorities. Its slogan, "UDF Unites, Apartheid Divides" reflected the Front's broad support base.
The UDF adopted the Freedom Charter in August 1987. There was a strong relationship between the ANC and the UDF based on the shared principles set out in the Freedom Charter. The UDF demanded the release of ANC leaders and other political prisoners. The UDF was never formally a part of the ANC.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.
Last updated: 21 July 2010
United Democratic Front
|17 Aug 2003||People`s Power - the 20th Anniversary of the UDF|
|02 Feb 1990||UDF statement on the unbanning of political organisations|
|15 Sep 1984||Telex to the International Community from the|
|01 Aug 1983||Statement of the UDF National Executive Committee on the national launching of the UDF|
|01 Aug 1983||List of organisations which support and are affiliates of the regional United Democratic Front|
|01 Aug 1983||Messages of support received by the United Democratic Front on its launch|
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