Limpopo’s licence with logo upsets ANC

2012-01-29 21:15

Johannesburg - The ANC in Limpopo appears to have taken too much creative licence in modifying the party’s logo on materials used at its provincial elective conference in December.

The ANC in the province printed the party’s logo in the middle of an outline of a baobab tree on T-shirts, bags and documents distributed to delegates at the conference – a move that threatens to put its leadership on a collision course with Luthuli House.

An ANC national executive committee (NEC) member who preferred to remain anonymous because the national leadership is yet to speak on the matter, said it was “unheard of” to add anything to the party’s logo.

“It’s not right, they must actually be called to account.”

The baobab tree “doesn’t feature anywhere in the ANC’s history”, he said.

ANC national spokesperson Keith Khoza said it was “certainly inappropriate” for Limpopo to tamper with the logo.

“The principle remains that an ANC logo must be used as it is and nothing else. If you do that [modify it] it ceases to be an ANC logo. It is not consistent with the directives of the use of the ANC logo.”

Khoza said the logo must always stand alone. “That’s why with the centenary celebrations we had to design a separate logo and print it on the other side of the T-shirts.”

Nothing sinister

Amid questions about whether the ANC in Limpopo wanted to “declare independence” from Luthuli House, provincial spokesperson Makondelele Mathivha said there was nothing sinister behind the modified logo and the province regretted offending anyone.

“It was an attempt to show what we are known for in Limpopo. It doesn’t undermine the party’s logo in any way”.

Not a single person, including ANC NEC deployees led by Mathole Motshekga, raised concerns about the logo at the conference, said Mathivha.

He said former provincial secretary Joe Maswanganyi “must have approved” the logo.

“For people to adopt things like this they must have had a committee agreeing on it.”

The ANC in Limpopo was willing to explain itself to the national leadership if asked to do so.

Maswanganyi referred questions to David Masondo, who until recently was the party’s spokesperson in the province.

However, a provincial executive committee (PEC) member who wanted to remain anonymous admitted wrongdoing on the part of the PEC, but insisted it was an innocent move.


“There were no political considerations or statements with the logo. It’s just a young person trying to be creative. The way they rationalise it is to say it shows the ANC in Limpopo, but the ANC won’t accept that explanation.”

It was the PEC’s collective responsibility to take the blame, said the leader.

“I know it’s wrong because it doesn’t matter where the ANC is, the logo remains one. All of us as PEC approved this thing, we need to own up.

“From where we were sitting at the time we didn’t think it was a big issue, but with hindsight I see that we shouldn’t have done it.”

  • Joel - 2012-01-29 21:50

    Really now!!! This was not an ANC logo but a logo for the Limpopo ANC Provincial Conference. There is nothing in the ANC Constitution that says you cannot do that. I do understand that branding experts may well have a problem but it is neither here nor there. The ANC logo for that matter is not always in the same configuration of colours anyway. Whoever is quibbling about this is just looking for an issue.

      Desmond - 2012-01-30 07:14

      yes and lately the ANC has plenty of issues. Their roof has started to collapse.

      MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-01-30 08:16

      @joel.... it remains important to enforce order where necessary, in this case by law [copyright] and also the history of any logo there should be alterations if and only if such act is approved by leadership in a detailed objective + benefit of so doing. However, one may think as Limpompo is a province in SA it is fully obliged by law to act in an acceptable manner.Why limpopo almost nearly everyday is engaged on nonconstructive acts??? We see declining in province improvement but more of you causing instability within your country.Manners, respect, peace and knowledge without arrogance can shape those depriving others to live free normal life.It remains important to value contribution of the leaders who made sacrifices for the benefit of all citizens, read ANC history and philosophy. If you want to rule by force then make a bill to be debated where you demand pulling your province out of SA and make your own state without help from SA. Look at economic state in your province, many poor citizens who never had a say are suffering in poverty. Fix domestic issues first then manipulate the logo last if you think law is on your hands.

  • Merkwaardig - 2012-01-29 21:56

    I thought Malema had a moving tree of economic freedom fighters?...

      Albert - 2012-01-30 11:16

      The bobab tree represents the Malemmer.Fat and thick.

  • Harold - 2012-01-29 21:59

    Whats wrong with you Limpopo guys. How dare you do anything or think anythong without the permission from the Politburo at the Kremlin. If Stalin was still alive he would advise the NEC to rip your guts out and eat your children. Man you guys are lucky.

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-29 22:00

    The boabab , also known as the "upside down" tree with its roots in the sky and head in the soil is a perfect symbol for the anc criminals in limpoeps. You may also have noticed it is cast in gold. Nice bling if you can get it

      Gerald - 2012-01-30 08:13

      i love your interpretation...

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-29 22:49

    What a big issue about nothing.

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-29 22:56

    Jacob Zuma is not visible when he is needed.He is divisive thats why the movement is fragmented.He is concentrating all of his little knowledge to the second term.Limpopo province is just conveying a message to JZ that the anc is upside-down just like a baobab tree

      Gerald - 2012-01-30 08:24

      very true, the president of the ANC needs to be bigger and broader minded, and put aside petty politics of the individual and careerism, and of the broader ANC itself to find relevance for his party in a post liberation society still reeling from the shackles of descrimination (lack of education and skills, poor self esteem, laziness, hopelessness, etc) and also suffering from gross maladministration by the incumbent leadership. He needs to realise that the people have lost faith in his beloved movement, he must be OK with this, and not seek to reprimand the constituents but rather redress the very things that disconnect people from his movement. Much wisdom can be derived in humility

      Wandile - 2012-01-30 11:46

      I dn't tnk so Mboneni. To me I tnk Limpopo want 2 hijack ANC as a whole, now they want to use ANC, bt working independently. Comrades Zuma, Mantashe and other are trying very hard to stop this, but among the comrades themselves, some support the wrong moves which is displayed by the Limpopo comrades. In my opinion JZ is wise enuf, and cannot adrress ANC issues while he has country duties as the president, he has the committe which deals wth these issues. I strongly blv tht ANC will restore it values, mission and goals. Limpopo cadres need to understand ANC is not control in Limpopo, but S.A as a country with nine provinces. Siyazidayisa ko D.A, and other political party angenandaba ne Democracy, not tht I'm racist, but can anyone remind me when last did we hear a positive response from other colors. Siyangcofana nje simnyama sonke, nabo bayajabula, sesihluleka nje ukweseka umholi esamkhetha. Watch out, if we can't put this to an end, mean we will promote i party engalawuleki.

  • Herman - 2012-01-29 23:05


  • Peter - 2012-01-29 23:08

    Now, at last, the ANC is starting to tackle the fundamental problems facing this country. Why waste time on problems like education. economic growth, jobs, corruption, etc when faced with the look of the ANC logo?

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-01-29 23:21

    Everything and every official on that province should be dissolved and thrown to the trash bin, they are a disgrace to our country and everything the liberation fighters stood up and died for.

      Max - 2012-01-30 05:23

      It is a positive thing that your eyes are beginning to open up but the bad news is that Limpopo is just the tip of the iceberg, the rest of the ANC governed provinces and most national departments are in the same position as Limpopo, they just haven't yet pissed off some NEC bigwig.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-01-29 23:22

    Everything and every official on that province should be dissolved and thrown to the trash bin, they are a disgrace to our country and everything the liberation fighters stood up and died for.

      rlong1952 - 2012-01-30 03:22

      Going to need a lot of acid to 'dissolve everything and every official on that province'... lol

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-01-30 00:48

    What I find difficult to contemplate is that the ANC in limpopo will be the last province that can loose in any election. If they have to entertain their followers with Mickey mouse stuff it speaks volumes how naive my fellow limpopians are.

  • Brendan - 2012-01-30 07:25

    Oh Boy!!!!!!! What a palava...... If only they could be as concerned with the more important matters affecting the country.

  • posjames - 2012-01-30 07:38

    Now I know why the province was placed under administration. All the money was used to buy these bags and T-shirts.

  • Eugene Maartens - 2012-01-30 08:15

    Only in South Africa !!!!!!! Just as we start to think we've seen it all.........Hahahahaha !!!!!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-01-30 08:35

    who really gives a crap? These people are lost in petty issues. Innocents are suffering due to the neglect of government in certain areas.

  • Mike - 2012-01-30 08:42

    There you see the intelligence of the ANC Limpopo once more. The entire province is bankrupt and falling apart - but a damn T-Shirt is the biggest worry and biggest issue. African National Circus - each and every day....

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-01-30 09:43

      You hit the nail on the head... these people have no concept of the seriousness of values needed to manage a province...spending money and attending ANC dinners, take prime importance. Actually my respect for this so called ruling party is at zero, that I will no longer use CAPITAL LETTERS when typing.....anc.

  • Jason - 2012-01-30 08:54

    So heres what will happen, a Team of 12 will be gathered up, and sent to Limpoofiepoofie for an internal investigation, which will take months to understand, and we tax payers will fit the bill, in the end nothing will come of it!!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-30 08:57

    Maybe they are planning to become a seperate country...who knows what these pumpkins are up to.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-30 09:01

    the blind leading the deaf as usual

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-30 09:43

    Corruption doesn't feature anywhere in the ANC's history either.

  • Zyklon85 - 2012-01-30 09:55

    Where's the branch manager?

      Sunett - 2012-01-30 10:43


  • Drogo - 2012-01-30 10:25

    It should have been a donkey's arse, suurounded by flies.

      Albert - 2012-01-30 11:20

      What an excellent description.

  • Chris - 2012-01-30 11:43

    Imagine the stench in Luthuli House with all those TURDS just parking off.

  • comrade.zondi - 2012-01-30 12:14

    URGENT WARNING URGENT WARNING Our Inkosi tokoloshe has found out that the zombie snakes are back. They rub muti on their skins and are invisible. They slither into white taxis and eat the brains of women. The zombie women are evil. Tell everybody and warn them. Eish.

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