Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA alleges that the Electoral Commission (IEC) violated its legal mandate by rejecting an application to register the organization as a political party.
Michael Beaumont, chairman of ActionSA, says in a statement that the IEC informed them on Monday that the decision was made in part because the party uses the South African flag as part of its badge.
The other reason is because ActionSA’s characteristics apparently show too many similarities with those of another political party, presumably the Party of Action (POA).
This was shortly after Mashaba, former DA mayor of the Johannesburg metro, launched his new party at the end of last month.
Beaumont says ActionSA has already written to the IEC to pave the way for an appeal against the decision. According to him, the IEC acted irrationally and misapplied the law.
Beaumont says the IEC is limited to the Electoral Commission Act, which the IEC has not similarly applied to other political parties that draw “inspiration” from the South African flag.
“It is clear that the IEC has violated its legal mandate. ActionSA has informed its legal teams to appeal, and if necessary, go to court. “