Elections 2019: Azanian People’s Organisation

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Party abbreviation: Azapo

In the 2019 Elections, the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) will again be competing at the polls in both the National and Provincial elections, in all nine provinces.

Azapo was founded on 28 April 1978, by Stephen Biko, Abram Onkgopotse Tiro, Mthuli ka Shezi, Mapetla Mohapi, Mongezi Sifika wa Nkomo and others. The party is currently led by Strike Thokoane.




Azapo has contested National and Provincial elections since 1994. It has also fielded candidates in the 2006, 2011 and 2016 municipal elections.

Azapo has won 1 seat in the National Assembly during the 1999, 2004 and 2009 elections, but failed to retain the seat in the 2014 general election. It has not been able to secure any seats in any of the Provincial or Local Government elections it contested since 1994.

Azapo was founded as a merger of three organisations; the Black People’s Convention (BPC), the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) and the Black Community Programmes (BCP), which were banned for their roles in the 1976 Soweto uprising. Azapo was banned by the apartheid government in 1987 until it was unbanned in 1990.