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

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

FILE: ActionSA’s Heman Mashaba. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

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

Party officials 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 last month.

In a statement, the party said 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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