African Democratic Change leaders at the launch of the new political party. Left: Feziwe Ndwayana (spokesperson), Dr Makhosi Khoza (founder and president) and fundraiser Isaac Shongwe. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/ANA

Cape Town - The ANC has slammed Makhosi Khoza's new party the African Democratic Change (ADeC) for "blatantly appropriating the colours of the ANC into its logo".

ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa said on Monday that the ANC has briefed it’s legal team to lodge an objection with the Independent Electoral Commission. 

Kodwa said in a statement that while a "plethora of divergent views within our body politic is to be welcomed"... "the ANC nevertheless 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 colours of the ANC into its logo. 

"That the ADeC should incorporate 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. It appears to be an attempt to attract supporters by means of subterfuge, which is regrettable."

"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. This undermines the spirit of free and fair elections. Accordingly, the ANC has briefed it’s legal team to lodge an objection with the Independent Electoral Commission against this blatant mischief," Kodwa said.

ADeC's aim is to challenge the big three parties in the 2019 national elections, Khoza has said.

The former ANC MP said that the party had “a lot of comrades who are coming from the ANC” while others would join the party from the DA and EFF, with the United Front of Civics and the Forum 4 Service Delivery already on board. She also said some members of the National Freedom Party (NFP) would be joining her new venture.