National Party was the political party that ruled South Africa from 1948 to 1994.
The National Party’s two mail goals were: 1) making South Africa as a Republic independent from British rule and 2) enforcing Apartheid, a system racial segregation and helped whites maintain control.
The party was formed in 1912 by Afrikaners, white people of Dutch, French, and German descent. In 1948, the National Party became the ruling party and started the policies of Apartheid.
In 1989, the National Party pledged to end the Apartheid. The leader of African National Congress Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison.
In 1994 African National Congress and Nelson Mandela won South Africa’s multiracial election. This ending the National Party’s long rule in South African government.