South Africa 7.12.2017 04:02 pm

PAC vows to re-establish unity as it sets sights on 2019 elections

Party’s spokesperson Kenneth Mokgatlhe on Thursday said the PAC was on a route to reconcile and mend relations between the warring factions.

The Pan Congress of Azania (PAC) will this weekend hold its bi-annual conference in Mpumalanga, where issues of conflict within the embattled party and crafting the way for the 2018 general elections will be on the agenda.

The PAC conference is set to address the replacement of Mbinda, review the party’s performance since the last conference, assess its coalition with the African National Congress and the African Independent Congress in Ekurhuleni Metro, as well as focus on 2019 general elections.

“PAC appreciates the challenges it faced in the past, we have been able to fix our relationship with members and leaders whom we have had differences in the past,” Mokgatlhe said in a statement.

“We are now proud to go in public and announce that we have been able to find our lost common grounds and reestablished our political relations again. We are very adamant that the PAC have been able to reestablish unity again.”

The PAC is a South Africa’s liberation movement founded by struggle stalwart Robert Sobukwe in 1959. It has in recent years seen its leaders embroiled in squabbles and mudslinging.

PAC secretary-general Narius Moloto has been suspended, and is facing disciplinary action and possible charges of financial misrepresentation while another party senior official was expelled for bringing the organisation into disrepute.

As a gesture of goodwill, the party has invited its former presidents  to the conference, including Stanley Mogoba, Motsoko Pheko, Letlapa Mphahlele, and Alton Mphethi.

“We did not only limit our invitation to leaders but also extended it to members who were dissatisfied in the past,” Mokgatlhe said.

“We are aware that while others have pursued other political directions others remained homeless where they took ‘fed-up leave’ from their beloved organisations. We will fetch our ‘lost’ prodigal sons and daughters of the PAC. We are more than ready for the 2019 general polls.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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