The ANC breakaway group has settled on SA Democratic Congress as its new name, spokesman Mbulelo Ncedana said on Monday.

The movement, which plans to launch as a political party on December 16, will begin the process of registering the party on Monday morning, he said.

“We are busy with that this morning,” he said.

After a convention held in Sandton over the weekend, delegates from provinces proposed names and the interim steering committee, which includes former defence minister Terror Lekota (picture), his deputy Mluleki George and former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa, made the decision.

The party’s name has to be registered with the Independent Electoral Commission for it to contest next year’s elections.

The name SA National Convention, which it used for this weekend’s get-together of about 6,000 people was contested by the ANC.

Early morning radio hosts pointed out that the acronym SADC is the same as that of regional body the Southern Africa Development Community.