After celebrating the launch of his new party last month, Herman Mashaba has hit a political roadblock…

This morning, it was revealed that the Independent Electoral Commission had rejected the application by Action SA to register as a political party.

The rejection was based on the fact that the Action SA logo appears to incorporate the South African flag.

“The IEC’s decision is based on a perceived similarity with another political party and the use of the South African flag in our logo,” said a statement issued by Mashaba on Tuesday. “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 (POA), a political party that has never contested elections before despite registering. As a matter of fact, POA changed their name on social media platforms the day after the launch of ActionSA to Party of Action SA – seemingly to make their case for similarity.”

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Mashaba also said that their appeal noted similarities between the African Independent Congress logo and the ANC’s logo.

“We are disappointed by the position of the IEC, and trust that it will come around to make the correct decision in the appeal process without this matter having to proceed to court.”

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