Political Party: African Independent Congress

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The African Independent Congress (AIC) is a regional party founded by the people of Matatiele and surrounding rural communities.

Established in December 2005 after the ruling-ANC decided to incorporate the area under the Eastern Cape in August of that year, the party participated in the March 1 local government elections.

It won ten seats in the Matatiele municipality. The AIC said that it “does not want to govern” but rather advocates a more inclusive type of governance model where ordinary citizens’ voices are considered in the political decision-making process.

The AIC said it was opposed to any notions of a one-party state where a “ruling party takes decisions affecting the whole nation at party conferences”.

In the 2011 local government elections, the party attracted 47 807 votes (0.14%). During the 2016 municipal elections, it grew to 333 655 votes (0.87%).

AIC contested at the national level in the 2014 general election in EC and Gauteng winning three seats (0.53% support). In 2019, it only secured 48 107 votes (0.28%) translating to 2 seats.