Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa

The Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) is a minor South African political party. It was founded by former Karoo District Municipality manager Truman Prince, who was expelled from the African National Congress (ANC) in 2006.[1] [2] He was reinstated as municipal manager by the municipal council in June, 2007, after a protracted legal battle, but was fired from his post in August of that same year through provincial vote.[3] Jeffrey Donson, formerly of the National People's Party (NPP), is the current president of ICOSA.


Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa
PresidentJeffrey Donson
ChairpersonWerner Meshoa
General SecretaryKlaas Lesholi
SpokespersonDawid Kamfer
Deputy PresidentAlvina Abrahams
National ChairpersonWerner Meshoa
FounderTruman Prince
FoundedJanuary 2006 (2006-01)
Split fromAfrican National Congress

The Democratic Alliance/ICOSA coalition took power in the Kannaland Local Municipality in August 2006 when the short-lived ANC-led coalition pact with the DA collapsed. The coalition of the DA and ICOSA collapsed when two ICOSA and three ANC councillors crossed the floor giving the NPP five seats out of nine in the council or an outright majority (the only such council in SA that was governed by this fledgling new party at the time). The DA refused to recognise the new NPP-led council administration as it alleged that the two ICOSA defectors were sacked prior to the floor-crossing window being open and were then challenged in the Cape High Court. As such its former mayor refused to "step down" pending the outcome of the case, creating uncertainty and instability in this beleaguered council.

In the 2011 municipal election, ICOSA regained a plurality in the Kannaland municipality with three seats while the ANC and the DA won two each.

Election resultsEdit

National electionsEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2019 12,386 0.07%
0 / 400

Provincial electionsEdit

Election[4] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2019 - - - - 0.03% 0/73 - - - - - - - - - - 0.46% 0/42

Municipal electionsEdit

Election Votes %
2016[5] 44,242 0.11%


  1. ^ "Truman Prince to hear his fate". Independent Online. Independent News & Media. 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  2. ^ "Truman Prince dethroned". News 24. 2006-01-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  3. ^ "Truman Prince axed again". Independent Online. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
  4. ^ "Results Dashboard". Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  5. ^ "Results Summary - All Ballots" (PDF). Retrieved 11 August 2016.