South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday accused the newly established African Democratic Change (ADEC), a breakaway party from the ANC, of using chicanery tactics to woo ANC voters in future elections.
The purpose of establishing the ADEC “appears to be an attempt to attract supporters by means of subterfuge, which is regrettable,” the ANC said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.
Outspokeen former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, who resigned from the ANC and Parliament earlier this year after being targeted for speaking out against corruption within the ANC, officially launched the ADEC last week, hoping to woo disillusioned ANC voters in the 2019 general elections.
The ADEC uses the black, green and gold colors as its logo, a move that irritates the ANC which says the colors are associated with the ANC flag.
The ANC “notes with regret that the launch of the ADEC should be marred by the decision of the new party’s leadership to blatantly appropriate the colors of the ANC into its logo,” ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
The black, green and gold colors are recognized both locally and internationally and are associated with the ANC, Africa’s oldest liberation movement, Kodwa said.
He said the ANC is taking deliberate action to ensure that the imagery within the logo closely resembles that of the ANC.
The fact that the ADEC incorporates the exact colors, as well as the exact sequence in which they are presented, into its logo “points to a paucity of ideas at best, and political chicanery at worst,” said Kodwa.
Undoubtedly the ADEC has taken this decision with the possibility of contesting the national elections in 2019 and thus intending to confuse voters who rightly associate the colors with that of the ANC, according to Kodwa.
“This undermines the spirit of free and fair elections,” he said.
Accordingly, the ANC has briefed its legal team to lodge an objection with the Independent Electoral Commission against this blatant mischief, Kodwa added.
The ADEC is the fourth breakaway political party from the ANC since the ANC took over power in 1994.
Other breakaway parties from the ANC include the United Democratic Movement (UDM), the Congress of the People (COPE) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Enditem