Luthando Mbinda (Thulani Gqirana, News24)
Cape Town – There would be no local government elections in South Africa if the Pan African Congress (PAC) was not allowed to participate, one of its leaders, Luthando Mbinda, said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the party had failed to comply with requirements it had set out for participation.
But Mbinda on Thursday said there was no way they were not participating. “We believe we cannot be banned by a Chapter 9 institution from participating. Who do they think they are?” he said at the party’s Youth Day celebrations in Cape Town.
The IEC had requested the PAC to present a court order confirming the legitimate leader of the party.
“We told them to go to hell. Because it was not even necessary for us to seek another order. Why is the PAC the only party that must seek orders from the court about its leadership?,” Mbinda asked.
Prepared to fight
The Mbinda faction and another led by former PAC leader, Letlapa Mphahlele, have been at loggerheads for years about who the real leaders of the party were, with Alton Mphethi also claiming to be the party's legitimate president.
Mbinda said they were prepared to fight to participate.
“If it comes to a push, this matter will go to the Constitutional Court. We are prepared to fight, and I am calling all members of PAC to go out and defend the PAC. We cannot let the fallen martyrs down because of a Chapter 9 institution,” he said.
The party should not be taken for granted, he said.
“If they want to challenge us, we are prepared for the fight. We will take them on. There will be no elections in this country if PAC does not participate in the local government elections. That must be very clear,” he said.
The leadership was consulting with various structures to find a way forward, according to Mbinda who said he party would have a press conference on Monday to make their stance clear.
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