Johannesburg - The Freedom Front Plus was pleased to be one of four political parties that grew in support in the 2014 election, and was not sent packing like some, it said on Saturday.
"Only three political parties grew since the 2009 election. It is the DA, UDM and Freedom Front Plus," FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder
, who described the party's niche as the protection of minority interests.
Mulder said the party's support had grown by 13% from 146 796 votes in 2009 (0.83%) to 165 715 (0.9%) in Wednesday's poll.
He said the party would now have representatives in Gauteng, Free State, North West and four seats in Parliament.
It was not easy for a small party to counter propaganda during an election campaign and be on an equal footing, given the financial difficulties the smaller parties faced.
But as the Democratic Alliance grows, its focus on minorities would shift and this would provide space in future for parties such as his.
“I want to thank the old and new FF Plus voters for their support during this election," he said.
The Democratic Alliance increased its support from 16.66% in 2009 to 22.23 in this election. The United Democratic Movement led by Bantu Holomisa
increased in support from 0.85% in 2009 to one percent (184 636 votes).
Other parties which had previously held seats in the National Assembly such as the Congress of the People, Minority Front, United Christian Democratic Party, the Pan Africanist Congress, Azanian People's Organisation and African People's Convention did poorly at the poll.