PAC split after vote to unseat Mphahlele

2013-05-13 00:00

THE Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) was thrown into a leadership dispute at the weekend after a vote of no confidence was passed against its president, Letlapa Mphahlele, after several allegations were levelled against him.

Secretary-general Narius Moloto said yesterday the national executive committee (NEC) passed a vote of no confidence against Mphahlele and took a decision to recall him as an MP.

Moloto said it was decided that deputy president Alton Mphethi replace Mphahlele in Parliament.

He listed a number of grievances levelled against Mphahlele, citing his autocratic style of leadership, lack of interest in the PAC, failure to grow the party, his blocking of parliamentary funding, resulting in closure of head offices, and failure to convene meetings with heads of departments.

“It was a difficult decision, but we had to take it for the PAC to move forward,” he said.

Moloto said Mphahlele was not at the meeting and had failed to honour an invitation for the second time.

Mphahlele was not available for comment.

But PAC national chair Waters Toboti dismissed the decision to unseat Mphahlele, saying the meeting had been improperly constituted and held without the knowledge of many NEC members.

“That meeting does not have any legal impact whatsoever. It acts against the constitution of the PAC,” he said.

Toboti said the PAC constitution provided for the president to be removed from office at a congress.

“It is only congress that can remove him, not any other structure. If we have a problem with a president, the route to take is to call a special congress.”

He added that a properly constituted NEC meeting was scheduled for May 18 to consider the leadership dispute, among other things.

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