Initial letters of Independent Party, a short-lived party formed in 1988 by breakaway members of the National Party.
One of three groups which merged in 1989 to form the Democratic Party (see note at DPnoun2).
1988E. Prov. Herald 15 Apr. 8If the new Independent Party thinks it can persuade the Government to allow the SABC to adopt an ‘apolitical’ line..it clearly has a lot to learn. But full marks to the IP for trying anyway.
1989Race Rel. Survey 1988–9 (S.A.I.R.R.) 595Mr Luyt asked the leaders of the Progressive Federal Party (PFP), the Independent Party (IP) and the National Democratic Movement (NDM) to meet under his auspices in an attempt to unite them.
1989D. Worrall inProgress (P.F.P.) Mar. 2The I.P.’s ability to cut into the National Party’s base is clearly necessary if we are going for power — which we certainly are.
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