- Herman Mashaba's Action SA's request to register as a political party has been rejected by the IEC
- Mashaba shared that he had applied for the registration of Action SA earlier this month
- Mashaba also revealed that Action SA has already written to the IEC to appeal their decision to reject registering them as a political party
Herman Mashaba's Action SA has revealed that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has rejected its application to register as a political party.
According to a statement shared by Mashaba on Twitter on Tuesday, 29 September, the IEC informed Action SA of its decision on Monday, 28 September. The former Johannesburg mayor had applied for the registration of his party earlier this month.
Mashaba revealed that the IEC’s decision is based on a "perceived similarity" with the Party of Action (POA) and the use of the South African flag in their logo.
"We have already written to the IEC, initiating our right to appeal their decision as a result of its incorrect applications of the law. We regard the IEC to have acted irrationally in their decision. We submit that our identifying features remain sufficiently different from the Party of Action, a political party that has never contested elections before despite registering."
Action SA has now instructed its legal teams to file an appeal and, if necessary, proceed to court in order to defend its legitimate registration, according to Mashaba.
"Our logo is derived from The People’s Dialogue, a process in which millions of South Africans legitimised the formation of Action SA. We have filed a trademark application with the Registrar of Trademarks and we will defend the identity of Action SA without hesitation."
eNCA reports that POA has accused Mashaba of allegedly stealing its logo and appropriating its name when he launched the party. Mzansi social media users have shared mixed reactions to Mashaba's post about the IEC's decision. Check out some of their comments below:
"I think the Party of Action understates the intelligence of their own members. I actually think its an insult to their members to say that they would be unable to distinguish between these 2 logos. Maybe it's jealousy? I mean who wouldn't want such a beautiful flag as its logo."
"Change the logo and move on. This thing of going to court will waste time that you don't have."
"Change the logo and move on, nothing will stop this party. It was once People's Dialogue, we easily moved to ActionSA with a different logo, we can easily move to another one. We want you on ballot papers so you can continue raiding hijacked buildings and counterfeit goods."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi police are still searching for the woman who allegedly walked out of the Mall of Africa with R4 million stuffed in refuse bags. Bathobile Mlangeni, 29, pulled off the daring theft in July last year.
The former security guard allegedly committed the crime at an SBV depot in Midrand. Bathobile, who was on duty at the time, allegedly used a pair of scissors to cut open two bulk cash bags and then transferred the money into a number of refuse bags. She then placed the bags filled with cash in a trolley and walked out of the centre.
She has been moving from place to place since the heist and Mzansi cops have not been able to catch her yet. Sowetan reports that Bathobile lived a "modest life" for a few months with her friends while police were looking for her. According to a friend, who stayed with Bathobile for a month, she described her as a modest and humble human being.
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