Independent Democrats

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Independent Democrats
President Patricia de Lille
Secretary-General Haniff Hoosen
Chairperson Mervyn Cirota
Slogan Be a Part of the Solution
Founded 21 June 2003 (2003-06-21)
Dissolved 2014
Headquarters Cape Town, Western Cape
Youth wing Young Independent Democrats
Ideology Social democracy,
Liberalism[citation needed]
Colours Orange red     
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The Independent Democrats was a South African political party, formed by former Pan Africanist Congress member Patricia de Lille in 2003 via floor crossing legislation.[1] The party's platform is premised on opposition to corruption,[third-party source needed] with a mixture of right-liberal proposals and left-wing sensibilities.[citation needed] The party's strongholds were the Northern and Western Cape.

On 15 August 2010, the party announced plans to merge with the larger Democratic Alliance as part of a plan to challenge the governing African National Congress (ANC).[2] The party disbanded as a separate political organization in 2014.

2009 election manifesto

Ahead of the national elections in 2009, the ID launched a manifesto promising that, if elected to power, they would increase the staffing of the South African Police Service to 200,000, enlist 5,000 caseworkers to operate in crime-stricken communities, make South Africa a leader in renewable energy and finance a minimum social grant by taxing luxury goods, tobacco and alcohol. In addition they vowed that an "ID government would fire a minister whose department received a qualified audit two years in a row."[3]

Merger with DA

In 2010 ID leader Patricia de Lille formalized an agreement to merge with the Democratic Alliance. The two parties will be fully merged by 2014. Due to this, the ID did not contest the 2011 local elections as a separate entity, instead fielding its candidates on the DA's ballots. In February 2012 DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko reshuffled her shadow cabinet, which included appointing members of the ID to shadow portfolios for the first time.[4] This was seen as a move towards strengthening the co-operation between the two parties heading towards the completion of the merger.

Election results

National elections

Election Votes % Seats
2009 162,915 0.92 4
2004 269,765 1.70 7

Municipal elections

Election Votes %
2006 530,912 2.0%

See also


  1. "Floor Crossing at a Glance (pdf)". Idasa. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2006-12-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. [1], Andrew Harding, 15 August 2010, "South African opposition parties to merge"
  3. Quoted in Hartley 2009.

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