A new South African political party - the Progressive Party - was formally established at a congress in Johannesburg, Nov. 13.
GV. Delegates seated in hell.
SV. Dr de Beer, M.P., speaks.
CU. Harry Lawrence listens.
SV. Max Borkum Steering Committee Chairman, speaks
LV. Delegates raise hands in approval.
SV. Jean Sinclair, Black Sash women leader, speaks
SV. Woman clapping.
SV. Lawrence walks to microphone.
CU. Lawrence PAN to Steytler seated.
SV Steytler speaks.
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Background: A new South African political party - the Progressive Party - was formally established at a congress in Johannesburg, Nov. 13.
Formed after a week's private talks among 200 delegates, the new party is a break-away movement from the United (Opposition) Party. Its leader is Dr Jan van Steytler, its chairman Harry Lawrence, and it has eleven members in Parliament.
Dr van Steytler said in his opening address that those members of Parliament who had broken with the United Party had decided that, on the basis of present United Party policy, they could render no contribution to the public life of South Africa. Referring to the willingness received from non-Europeans, Dr Steytler said the Progressive Party had explained to them that it wanted to give them full recognition in all spheres of public life.
The theme of the congress was that colour alone should not be the yardstick by which to judge people. It was made clear that any person over 18 years of age who supported the party's principles would be considered for membership.
Six principles will guide the new party's policy:
1) Protection of human rights, irrespective of race, colour or creed;
2) No citizen to be debarred on grounds of race, religion, language or sex from making full contribution to national life;
3) Recognition of the various groups constituting the nation and their share in the Government, safeguarding their traditions and promoting understanding among them;
4) Maintenance of the rule of law;
5) Promotion of social progress and improvement of living standards by free enterprise;
6) Promotion of friendly relations with other countries, particularly Commonwealth nations and those who share the heritage of western civilisation.