Can you believe it? I was rifling through the websites of the South AFrican National Congress and the South African Communist Party, trying to find a picture of a fist for a new design that I'm doing (can't believe they still have a fist holding a spear as the party logo, but that's another story) and I was shocked to find this notice on the SACP's website complaining that unauthorised companies 'are selling merchandise such as caps and t-shirts with the Party logo and other Party symbols and slogans.'
According to the site, 'The Party and its official representatives have the exclusive right to produce and sell merchandise containing Party symbols. This we do through Inkululeko Media and Marketing (IMM), which is the only group with the authority to sell Party merchandise.'
I cannot believe that this is serving the cause of the SACP unless they get a huge income from the sale of their merchandise - in which case they should either do their job better or find something else to make money out of. Preventing people from using the communist symbol to express their ideals is just shocking and seems completely opposed to the party's mission. It's not as if these companies are misrepresenting them - it appears from the notice that they are merely trying to distribute the party's message to a public that is interested in using it. How can this in any way be detrimental to the SACP's goals - especially on the eve of a national election?