Mashaba finally registers party in time for local elections next year

Mashaba finally registers party in time for local elections next year

- Herman Mashaba's new party finally gets the green light in time to contest the 2021 local government elections

- The party had agreed to change its logo in order for the IEC to agree to register the fledgeling party

- Earlier, the Party of Action had protested that the logo of ActionSA too closely resembled their own

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Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has finally been able to register his political party, ActionSA in time to contest the 2021 local government elections.

The approval came after Mashaba agreed to change the ActionSA logo, which according to Party Of Action was too similar to their own.

The IEC has formally registered his party now that the dispute has been settled and ActionSA has dropped plans for legal action against the IEC's previous decisions.

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The party released a statement saying that they agreed to the change in order to focus on the real issues that plague South Africa according to Times Live.

The fledgeling party was launched in August after Mashaba resigned from his position as the Mayor of Johannesburg and he left the Democratic Alliance after Helen Zille was elected as the federal council chairperson.

The new logo, a flag, no longer has the colours of the national flag but has been painted green.

Mashaba finally registers party in time for local elections next year
The old logo of ActionSA alongside the logo of the Party of Action. Photo credit: Action SA, Party of Action SA
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that ActionSA's appeal over the IEC's decision to reject its application to officially become a political party has been unsuccessful.

In a statement issued by Herman Mashaba, it was apparent that this outcome had taken them by surprise:

"ActionSA is shocked by the decision of the Commission, and the basis upon which the Commission has rationalised its decision. We remain deeply concerned that a Chapter 9 Institution, charged with safeguarding our electoral democracy, can make important legal decisions in this manner."

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In other news, Herman Mashaba recently had citizens up in arms after claiming that 15 million 'undocumented foreigners' call South Africa home.

Mashaba has always highlighted the issue of the nation's strained resources needing to be distributed to include undocumented migrants, claiming that Johannesburg's inner-city residents consisted mostly of foreigners.

Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this staggering claim:

Africa Check reports that Mashaba had shared a link to an article from The Citizen, published last year.

The report had quoted the World Bank as having claimed that 'the country has more than 15 million unregistered people'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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