This organization, known as the Oranjie Unie, was formally constituted in May 1906, but had been in existence for some months previously.
Of the Oranjie Unie Mr Abraham Fischer became chairman, other prominent members being Messrs Hertzog, C. de Wet and Steyn.
While the ideal of the Unie was an Afrikander state, the Constitutionalists desired the perfect equality of both white races.
They resulted in the return of 29 members of the Oranjie Unie, 5 Constitutionalists and 4 Independents.
Of the members of the first legislative council five were supporters of the Oranjie Unie and five were regarded as Constitutionalists, the eleventh member holding the balance.
Organization, the Oranjie Unie, was formed.
In the Orange River Colony the first elections under the self-government constitution were held in November 1907, and out of 38 seats in the House of Assembly Oranjie Unie candidates secured 2 9.