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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
National affiliation
Colours orange
National Assembly seats
3 / 400
Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature seats
1 / 63

It was founded on 12 December 2005 in the Matatiele locality in protest against the inclusion of the area in the Eastern Cape by the African National Congress government, rather than KwaZulu-Natal, in the 12th amendment of the Constitution of South Africa.[2] The disputed boundary change also went to court and was eventually confirmed in the 13th amendment.

It won ten seats in elections to the Matatiele municipality in the 2006 local government elections and seven in 2011, and one seat in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature in the 2009 elections, and held on to it in the 2014 elections.[1]

In the South African general election of 2014, the AIC won 97,462 votes, representing 0.53% of the total vote, which grants the party three seats in the National Assembly. It retained its seat in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. The party did not stand 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 the proximity on the ballot and close similarities with the name and logo of the African National Congress.[3][4]

In the South African municipal elections of 2016, its support declined further in Matatiele but it stood 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 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.