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ANC satisfied with outcome of High Court Application

31 October 2008

The African National Congress is satisfied with the outcome of the urgent High Court application it brought this afternoon to prevent the use of names or designations that may be confusingly similar to the name and trademark of the ANC.

The application specifically refers to the names South Africa National Congress and/or South Africa National Convention and/or SANC.

The application was brought against Mbhazima Shilowa, Mosiuoa Lekota and Mluleki George.

The court did not make a finding on the merits of the application, and postponed the matter to Thursday next week (6 November 2008).

The judge indicated that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) should be joined in the case. Should a new party be formed at this weekend`s convention, they too should be joined.

The judge nevertheless commented that the applicant, the ANC, may well have grounds for concern over the possible use of such a name by the respondents.

The ANC is satisfied with this outcome. By bringing this application the ANC has asserted its legal rights and made the important point that its trademark, name and identity cannot be appropriated to serve other people`s political aspirations.

Claims that the ANC has brought an application to prevent the holding of a national convention are untrue and completely without any basis in fact.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
African National Congress

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