Defection to ANC is 'no loss'

2010-05-25 20:22

Johannesburg - The defection to the ANC of former Pan Africanist Movement president Thami ka Plaatjie is no loss to the Pan Africanist Congress, the PAC Youth League said on Tuesday.

"Ka Plaatjie is a political prostitute and an agent used to destroy the PAC in the past, but he has successfully failed to do that," PACYL president Pitso Mphasha said in a statement.

Mphasha said the PACYL was not surprised at the move.

Plaatjie spent 26 years in the PAC and led a split from the PAC to form the Pan Africanist Movement. He resigned from the PAM in December 2009.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile on Monday announced that Plaatjie had decided to join the ANC.

His decision was preceded by "careful consideration" and was not easy, Plaatjie said.

"I came to realise that the best possible vehicle to take our people forward is the ANC," he said.

Mphasha said Plaatjie should not have been described as a PAC leader by the media as he had left the party a long time ago.