Twenty-seven political parties participated in the Kempton Park negotiations before April 1994. At that time the Freedom Front was founded under the leadership of General Constand Viljoen, and the party signed an accord with the ANC (African National Congress). Nineteen parties participated in the elections of 27 April 1994, but only seven reached Parliament. The Freedom Front, then barely a month old, came fourth after the ANC, the National Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party.
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1994 Election: 2.17% 424 555 votes
1999 Election: 0.80% 127 217 votes
2004 Election: 0.89% 139 465 votes
2009 Election: 0.83% 146 796 votes
Dr Pieter Mulder was born 26 July 1951 in Randfontein as the eldest son of Dr Connie and Me Suzanne Mulder. He grew up in Randfontein and Cape Town. He attended the Hoërskool Riebeeck and matriculated in 1968. Whilst at school he served as Head Boy, played rugby for the first team and won the Victor Ludorum in athletics.
In 1969 Dr Mulder underwent his national service military training in the navy at Saldanha Bay. He completed an officer's course in Gordon's Bay and served on a minesweeper in Simonstown. He won the Sable of Honour as best officer of the intake. In 1970 he enrolled at Potchefstroom University for CHE where he completed his BA (Communication) in 1973, his MA in 1976 (with distinction) and his D.Phil in 1978, age 26. As a student he served as Chairman of the Students' Representative Council and as Deputy-President of the Afrikaanse Studentebond.
In 1974 he became a lecturer in communication at the university, and won an Abe Bailey Scholarship to visit the United Kingdom for three months. In 1981 he went to the United States of America and undertook post-doctoral studies in international communication for one academic year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
In 1984 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at Potchefstroom University. He became Vice-President of the Southern African Communication Lecturers' Union and a member of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. In 1985 he was elected to the Potchefstroom Town Council and in March 1988 he was elected to Parliament when he won a by-election in Schweizer-Reneke, a marginal seat in a rural area of the old Western Transvaal.
In March 1994 he was a founder member of the Freedom Front (Vryheidsfront) and was elected chairperson of the Freedom Front. He was a member of the Freedom Front negotiating team with the ANC before the election of April 27. As number two candidate on the party's national list he was elected to Parliament in 1994 and 1999.
In March 2001 he was elected leader of the Freedom Front after General Constand Viljoen retired from politics.
The Freedom Front Plus absorbed the Conservative Party, the Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging (Afrikaner Unity Movement) and the Federale Alliansie in 2004, and held onto four seats in the National Assembly. Mulder was appointed deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in 2009.
He plays squash, likes to read and is interested in Astronomy, Computers and History. He is married to Triena (born Roestorf), a teacher in mathematics, and they have five children. They live in Potchefstroom.
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