PAC to embark on voter registration

By Drum Digital
28 August 2013

Pan Africanist Congress leader Alton Mphethi will lead a voter registration campaign in Ermelo.

Pan Africanist Congress leader Alton Mphethi will lead a voter registration campaign in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, on Saturday, the party said.

"On Saturday we will be embarking on a campaign to tell the people why they must vote for the PAC, because to do so will be the first step to replace a government that is not responsive to the needs of communities," Mphethi said on Wednesday.

Mphethi, who was sworn in as the party's sole MP in Parliament two weeks ago, replaced expelled former leader, Letlapa Mphahlele.

He said the PAC would launch a "serious election campaign" as a first step to realising the objective of winning at least 10 parliamentary seats in next year's elections.

The PAC, which has been rocked by leadership battles, performed dismally in past elections since 1994, and now has only one seat in Parliament.

Earlier this month, a faction of the divided PAC criticised National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu for swearing in Mpheti to replace Mphahlele.

Mphahlele was expelled as party president at the end of May after a meeting of its national disciplinary committee.

Mphahlele's backers then applied for a court interdict to stop Parliament from replacing him.

The faction vowed that legal action would follow.

-Sapa

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