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Independent Democrats
Leader Patricia de Lille
Founded 2003
Headquarters Cape Town
Ideology Social democracy,
International affiliation None
Official colours Orange
National Assembly members 4
Politics of South Africa
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The Independent Democrats are 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 basically populist and anti-corruption, with a mixture of right-liberal proposals and left-wing sensibilities.


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."[2]

Election results

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

See also


  1. ^ "Floor Crossing at a Glance (pdf)". Idasa. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2006-12-12.  
  2. ^ Quoted in Hartley 2009.

External links



  1. ^ "Floor Crossing at a Glance (pdf)". Idasa. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2006-12-12.  
  2. ^ Quoted in Hartley 2009.

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