The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) must recognise the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) led by Luthando Mbinda as the official one.
The IEC stopped recognising the PAC following a dispute over leadership, putting at risk the party’s participation in the 2016 municipal elections.
Mbinda and expelled President, Letlapa Mphahlele, have been in and out of courts claiming to be the rightful leaders of the party.
The court has ruled that the IEC must communicate with the PAC via Mbinda and Secretary-General Narius Moloto.
Mbinda and Moloto were elected at the party’s 10th elective conference in Molapoamogale, Mpumalanga last year. The only top position which was contested is that of national organiser which was won by Sole Chidi.
The congress resolved to give more time to its leadership to implement policy decisions. It also resolved to approach local intellectuals with good conflict resolution skills to engage disgruntled party members who aligned themselves with Mphahlele.
Furthermore, the congress resolved to increase leadership’s term in office from three to five years. This is to be in consistent with the election calendar and also allow more time to implement resolutions.
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