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The ANC has filed an urgent high court application to stop the breakaway Cope movement from using the name, Congress of the People, Cope attorney Deon Bouwer confirmed yesterday.
He said the ANC had asked the head of the Pretoria high court, Judge Jerry Shongwe, for a hearing in the week of December 8 to 12, only days ahead of Cope's Bloemfontein founding conference.
But Shongwe had asked all parties to meet at his office on Tuesday to try to find a suitable date.
Bouwer said this could prove extremely difficult since Cope's counsel of choice were busy with other matters.
"One respects all parties' rights to approach the court on an urgent basis but I don't think this approach is t warranted at present," Bouwer said. "The ANC has created its own urgency."
Bouwer said the ANC had also joined the independent electoral commission as a respondent, seeking to prevent it from registering Cope as a party name.
He said the ANC argued that the name would lead to confusion between parties.
Cope, Bouwer said, disputed both the urgency and the factual basis of the ANC's application, which meant evidence would have to be led.
It was busy drawing up replying papers. He said the ANC was seeking a permanent rather than a temporary interdict.
Bouwer said there was in fact an objection process under way in the IEC. Though three members of the public had formally objected to Cope's name, the ANC had chosen not to lodge an objection.
ANC spokesman Jessie Duarte confirmed that the party served the papers on Cope and the IEC on Tuesday. - Sapa