Herman Mashaba is a thief. That’s the claim from political organisation Party of Action (POA).
It has accused the former Joburg mayor of stealing its logo and appropriating its name when he launched his new Action SA party.
Established in 2018, POA has a membership of around 100,000.
It plans to contest in next year’s local elections.
But the party is worried about a case of mistaken identity on the ballot paper.
That’s the claim from political organisation Party of Action.
It's accused the former Joburg Mayor of stealing its logo & appropriating its name, when he launched his new Action SA party.
Do you agree?
— Sli Masikane (@Sli_Masikane) September 5, 2020
“It was very perplexing when I realised that he has stolen our name and our party logo,” said POA president Billy Nyaku. “People don’t see a difference.”
So has a complaint been laid with the IEC?
“The IEC says Mashaba has not submitted distinguishing symbol of party and name,” Nyaku said.
“We are waiting for him to submit then we will lay a formal complaint against him.”
When asked for comment, Mashaba says the claim is ridiculous and if the party believes it has a case then it can take him to court.
See what the Twitter streets had to say on this issue;
@POASouthAfrica @TlouBilly @kolobe_techno the newly launched party action SA of Mashaba has stolen intellectual property from Party of Action SA. We can't let this unjust practice under our watch. @IECSouthAfrica should intervene ASAP
— Phuti Joseph Mphela (@PhutiJosephMphe) September 1, 2020
Also answer the allegations that you stole the logo and name of Party of Action.
— Mzwandile Sibinda (Masilela) (@Zwaii_ME) September 4, 2020
Party of action and Action SA party with logos that are circular with a V resemblance in the middle though colours not similarly painted and some colors missing in the other logo. Why create new thing with the resemble of an old 1 if really u want to be unique? POA have a point.
— MAVHUTHWANA (@EDSON0973248) September 5, 2020
What is legit? Party Of Action SA?if yes, then yeah I know that, it has been there before the launch of ActionSA of Mashaba, what I'm saying is that Mashaba Copied them.
— Reecepect (@ambixious_blk) September 1, 2020
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