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PAC infighting continues with another faction led by Mphahlele

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) political infighting is set to continue with another faction led by Letlapa Mphahlele taking its battle to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Earlier the Pretoria High Court ordered the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to recognise the PAC led by Luthando Mbinda.

The commission stopped recognising the PAC following a dispute over leadership, risking the party’s participation in the 2016 municipal elections. But the Mphahlele faction says the ruling says nothing about the PAC leadership.

After months of internal leadership battles, the PAC under Luthando Mbinda is celebrating a court judgment that its leader will finally be the face of the party’s local election campaign.

The court also ruled that the IEC must communicate with the PAC through Mbinda and his Secretary General, Narius Moloto. However Moloto says this marks the beginning of their election campaign.

“He says the IEC will soon release their party funding which will make it easier for them to roll-out their election machinery.”

But it seems the celebration will be short-lived. Expelled PAC President Letlapa Mphahlele has filed a notice of appeal against the court decision recognising Luthando Mbinda as the legitimate face of the PAC election campaign.

This faction says the earlier court ruling is only restricted to elections and says nothing about the PAC’s leadership.

The party’s Apa Pooe says now that the appeal has been lodged, the earlier ruling has to be suspended until a final judgment is reached in the next two weeks.

Pooe says the court ruling will further deepen divisions within the PAC, insisting that the future of their party is in the hands of its members and cannot be determined in the courts.

– By Ntebo Mokobo

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