Agang gets 30 days for approval

2013-07-02 07:23
Mamphela Ramphele takes to the stage at the launch of her political party, Agang SA, in Pretoria. (Agang SA, Twitter)

Mamphela Ramphele takes to the stage at the launch of her political party, Agang SA, in Pretoria. (Agang SA, Twitter)

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Agang launched as a political party

2013-06-24 09:07

Agang SA was launched as a formal political party on Saturday, four months after its leader Mamphela Ramphele announced the formation of the platform. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - There is a 30-day period in which objections can be lodged against Agang SA's registration as a political party, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday.

Mamphela Ramphele's party had officially been registered, but anyone with objections could still come forward, said IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela.

Earlier, party spokesperson Thabo Leshilo said: "We are delighted to confirm the completion of the registration of Agang SA with the IEC.

"We thank the IEC for the professionalism with which the application was handled."

Just before the party's launch last month, a non-governmental organisation laid claim to the name "Agang".

The Hola Bon Renaissance (HBR) Foundation said in a statement on Thursday that one of its "strategic programmes" was called "Agang".

It said it had written to the IEC objecting to the registration of Agang SA, in accordance with the Electoral Commission Act.

"If she [Ramphele] wants to have the name she must engage with our lawyers or contact our office and stop being desperate in her actions to hijack the Agang name," HBR said in a statement at the time.

Agang was launched by Ramphele in Pretoria on 22 June. At the time, the party said about 5 000 supporters and volunteers attended the launch.

Leshilo said the registration was an important milestone for the party.

"It means that we can now collect membership fees and benefit from party political donations."

At the launch, Agang SA had volunteers registering party members. The volunteers said they had received thousands of applications from supporters. People also registered online, paying a R20 membership fee.

At a press briefing after the launch, Leshilo told reporters there was no legitimate name dispute.

He said Agang was the only party with the name which was contesting the national elections.

- SAPA

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