Freedom Front

The right-wing Freedom Front is the increasingly isolated voice of those Afrikaners who dream of having their own homeland or "volkstaat", and has failed to make a significant electoral breakthrough.

It believes that Afrikaners should be allowed self-determination on the grounds that they form a minority within South Africa. The Freedom Front argues that the Afrikaans language is under threat and that Afrikaner schools and institutions are being forced into cultural assimilation with the mass of the population.

Its leader, Constand Viljoen - a former leader of the South African Defence Force - has been a vocal critic of the ANC but has committed the party to working within the constitution. However the Freedom Front will remain a tiny opposition grouping - while Afrikaners total about eight per cent of the population, electoral support for the party runs at around one per cent.