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Scuffle breaks out at PAC event

A Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) event held at the Rhoda Yende Hall, just 200 metres from where another Human Rights Day event was taking place at the cricket pitch in Sharpeville, has been cut short following a scuffle that broke out between the members of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA) and the Pan Africanist Youth Congress of Azania (PAYCO).

During the event, members of PAYCO entered the hall singing and chanting before a brawl ensued when some members of the PAC tried to force them out.

At the time, Luthando Mbinda, leader of one faction of the PAC was sitting on stage and two men, believed to be his bodyguards, were seen shielding him.

Speaking to SABC Digital News, President of PAYCO, Thabani ‘Smoll’ Zondo, says they were provoked by members of APLA.
“These guys think they can dictate everything to us. Letlapa Maphahlele was put in charge by them and when they didn’t want him they removed him and now that they don’t want Mr Luthando Mbinda, who is in Parliament, to lead the party, we must just agree. They were formed from the PAC and they cannot dictate to the PAC,” says Zondo.

Zondo has warned they will be responding to APLA.

“They think we are scared of them just because they think they are more armed than us, but we’ll see. We will be visiting them in their homes.”

Nkrumah Kgagudi of the PAC says they are more concerned about uniting the PAC.

“Our main concern is to see a united PAC and that is what we are working on. For today, we agreed that as the PAC and to honour those lives that were lost on this day, we should not have two parallel events and no one has objected to this and we believe this proves it is possible to work towards a common course and towards an inclusive conference.”

– By Sipho Kekana

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