ANC says COPE must stop the use of the name congress
By Mandisi Tyulu
20 November 2008
Today is the deadline for COPE to respond to a demand from the ANC to stop using the name Congress of the People.
The ANC has asked for an undertaking in writing that all material bearing the COPE name would be handed over to the ruling party to be destroyed.
The ANC served legal papers on Mosiuoa Lekota’s party on Monday, arguing that they had exclusive use of the name Congress of the People. Lekota has since said they have no plans to abandon the name.
ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu says the name “congress” has a lot to do with history of the ANC and its brand, if one remembers the congress of the people was an historical gathering organized by the ANC.
So the new party must stop lingering on ANC history and its brand, says Sokutu.