The African National Congress (ANC) has once again lost its legal bid to challenge the City of Cape Town logo adopted by the administration.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille revealed this on Tuesday, saying the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed the application for leave to appeal in the case.
“The SCA decided not to hear the matter because there was no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal. They could also find no convincing reason as to why the ANC’s appeal should even be heard,” she said, pointing out that the leave to appeal was dismissed with costs, “which we hope to receive from Luthuli House soon.”
The ANC laid its first complaint at the appeal court 2014 after the City of Cape Town launched its new logo and pay-off line which the ANC argued had gone ahead without necessary public participation.
The design of the logo by agencies Yellowwood and King James cost more than R300 000 and implementation exceeded R8 million, the ANC complained.
Mayor De Lille however, argued that the public had indeed been consulted as the Cape town logo and pay-off line changes formed part of its Integrated Development Plan (IDP), which – according to the City – had been subjected to public consultation.
The ANC in the province did not “have the locus standi to bring the application”, Western Cape High Court Judge Rosheni Allie, said in her ruling last year.
The ANC later on, applied for leave to appeal in the same court, but this was dismissed, prompting them to approach the SCA as city mayor, De Lille said the City felt vindicated by the decision of the SCA to dismiss the application with costs.
“We can only hope that the ANC will now stop the pettiness of pursuing this matter,” she said.
“We plan to focus our attention on building on the progress that this administration has made in the last five years. Our energy is placed firmly on this project and on issues of governance. We sincerely hope that the ANC will stop wasting the time of the courts.”
ANC caucus leader in the City Xolani Sotashe is yet to comment on the party’s loss of the bid to challenge the Cape Town logo