Following a meeting over the weekend, independent candidates from across the country, led by Mmusi Maimane's One South Africa Movement (OSA), said on Saturday they have drawn up a plan of action and will start canvassing for support in early 2022 in preparation for the national and provincial elections set for 2024.
Part of this strategy will involve banding together and launching an Independent Candidate Association (ICA) in January 2022.
Buoyed by the poor voter turnout during November's municipal elections, the independent candidates said single party hegemony over South Africa was fast coming to an end, with governments made up of multiple parties and independent candidates, who were more embedded in communities, being the future.
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The OSA's National Activist Council, provincial structures and all affiliate organisations convened this weekend in Gauteng to consider, deliberate and decide on a number of pertinent issues facing independent candidates in the country.
"The council reflected on last month's historic local government elections, in which the 'big two' political parties lost significant ground to independent community organisations and smaller political parties," read a statement from the collective of independent candidates.
"Specifically, council congratulated all independents and community organisations for a successful and groundbreaking election, in which they collectively won an unprecedented total of 729 760 votes across the country - placing them in fifth position nationally.
"Independents, as a voting bloc, are now larger than political parties COPE, VF+, ACDP, UDM, ATM, PA, GOOD and the NFP. [They] only trail the ANC, DA, EFF and IFP in real numbers, at approximately 3.1% of the national vote."Coupled with the record low voter turnout, there is now a snowballing consensus that single party hegemony over South Africa is fast coming to an end. The system is broken and self-serving and South Africans are desperate for a new model and a fresh alternative - and this year's election proved that.