PAC to re-examine its relevance

By Drum Digital
08 August 2013

The Pan Africanist Congress needs to re-examine its political relevance because of new, emerging political dynamics, the party said on Thursday.

If this was not done, it would fail to make significant inroads in next year's elections, said PAC secretary general Narius Moloto.

"Uppermost in our collective mind, the PAC will be developing a political strategy that will help the party to attract millions of voters to its side, as it prepares for the national and provincial elections scheduled for 2014," he said.

The PAC was aware that a divided party would not achieve the desired objective of winning a sizeable number of seats in Parliament, he said.

"So in part, the national conference over the weekend will seek to address these crucial issues with vigour and honesty, engaging in robust discussions and debates with the view of making sure that when elections come, the party is in a much stronger position to win the minds and hearts of millions of voters to its side."

The conference is scheduled to take place in Boksburg on Friday and Saturday.

However, it is shrouded in controversy, following a judgment by the High Court in Johannesburg nullifying the party's national executive committee's decision in May to suspend its president Letlapa Mphahlele. The party is appealing the ruling.

The conference was expected to reconsider and possibly refine some PAC policies in view of current political realities.

"The conference will also have a significant youth presence, with young people making a significant contribution to the policy formulation or re-formulation process," Moloto said.


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