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African Independent Congress

The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a minor political party in South Africa.

African Independent Congress
President Mandla Galo[1]
Founded 12 December 2005 (2005-12-12)
Ideology Social conservatism
Colours orange
National Assembly seats
3 / 400
Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature seats
1 / 63

Founded in Matatiele on December 12, 2005,[2] the AIC was a protest against the location of the area within the boundaries of the Eastern Cape province rather than KwaZulu-Natal as a result of the 12th Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa put forward by the ANC government. The disputed boundary change went to court; it was eventually confirmed by the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa.

The AIC won ten seats in the Matatiele municipality in the 2006 local government elections, seven in the 2011 elections, and one seat in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature in the 2009 elections.[1] In the 2014 South African general election, the AIC received 97,462 votes, 0.53% of the total, winning three seats in the National Assembly. It retained its seat in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. The party did not run a candidate in seven of the nine provinces, and was thought to have only a small, regional base. Some analysts believe the party picked up mistaken votes due to its proximity on the ballot with, and close similarities to, the name and logo of the African National Congress.[3][4]

In the South African municipal elections of 2016, AIC support declined further in Matatiele, but it campaigned for the first time in many other municipalities, winning a total of 55 seats across eight of the nine provinces.[5][6]


Election resultsEdit

National AssemblyEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2014 97,642 0.53
3 / 400
in opposition

Provincial electionsEdit

Election Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2014 0.77% 1/63 0.31% 0/42

Municipal electionsEdit

Election Votes %
2016[7] 333,655 0.87%


  1. ^ a b "Rise against incompetent leaders: AIC". Independent Online. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  2. ^ SABC News Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine. 18 March 2009
  3. ^ "AIC heads for Parliament: Did voters mistake it for ANC?". City Press. 8 May 2014. Archived from the original on 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  4. ^ "We did not get ANC votes - AIC". IOL. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
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  7. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots" (PDF). Retrieved 11 August 2016.