Has Makhosi Khoza's new party appropriated the ANC colours?

Makhosi Khoza's new party, African Democratic Change (ADEC), says the African National Congress is "panicking" and being "petty" by raising problems with their party logo.

On Monday the ANC threatened to report the former ANC MP's new party to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) for what it considered a "deliberate appropriation" of the ANC's colours and logo.

ADEC, however, dismissed the ruling party's claims on Monday saying there is no copyright when it comes to colours.

Gugs Mhlungu, standing in for Azania Mosaka, talks to lawyer Darren Olivier from Adams and Adams about ANC vs ADEC logos.

A party conveys political messages and it uses symbolism to do so.

Darren Oliver, Adams and Adams

Oliver says the issue of confusion between parties can be an issue.

I think would say that combination of colours belongs to them. The law approaches it

Darren Oliver, Adams and Adams

The options are to go to court, the advertising standards authority, or to go to the IEC, which is where the ANC has chosen to do.

Colour combinations are easier to protect.

Darren Oliver, Adams and Adams

The IEC does also have a plagiarism code and can make a ruling.

Listen as Darren Oliver explains the symbolism and use of colours to convey a message and the details around copyright law:


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