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PAC’s future remains bleak ahead of local elections

The future of the Pan African Congress (PAC) of Azania hangs in the balance as the party runs risk of not participating in the upcoming local government elections.

The party has split into two factions since the expulsion of Letlapa Mphalele as party leader in 2013.

Despite numerous court actions, it appears there is no end in sight and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is not recognising either side.

One faction says the IEC has refused to register their candidate for next month’s Tlokwe by-elections and they are crying foul.

PAC’s Narius Moloto says: “The IEC hasn’t banned the PAC but it is preventing the PAC from participating in the electoral system and its activity of the IEC. And we know very well that the elections in this country are not decided by voters by those who count by the system.”

Moloto’s faction says it has won all court challenges brought forward by Letlapa Mphahlele, making them the legitimate leadership. But Mphahlele is hearing none of it.

“We went further to ask the elders of the PAC to reach out to the other structure so that they can bring us together. We are prepared to go out of our way to keep the PAC united,” says Mphahlele.

Despite numerous attempts to reach the IEC, they were not available for a recorded comment.

But the electoral body shunned the two factions of the PAC last year, arguing it does not know who to talk to. It also stopped funding the organisation, saying it does not get involved in internal battles.

It remains to be seen if the warring factions will iron out their differences to contest what is expected to be a fierce local government election.

– By Ntlantla Kgatlhane

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