IEC rejects bid by Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA to register as political party

South Africa

Cape Town – The IEC has rejected an application by ActionSA to register as a political party.

Officials of the party submitted registration documents to the election management body earlier this month.

The new party was launched by former City of Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, at the end of August.

The party released a statement saying that the application outcome was based on a perceived similarity with the Party of Action and the use of the South African flag in its logo.

ActionSA’s Michael Beaumont said that they had written to the IEC saying that they would appeal the application outcome.

“We do believe that the IEC will see reason in that process. Should they not, we will be very happy to go to court to defend the identity of ActionSA. This is an organisation born of the engagement of 2.4 million South Africans.”

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