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Our obsession is to liberate this country - Mphahlele

By unknown | Mar 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

The Pan Africanist Congress is not obsessed with getting into parliament, because it is on a mission to liberate South Africa, according to party president Letlapa Mphahlele.

Speaking on Robben Island last Friday at the unveiling of a memorial to the PAC's first president Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, Mphahlele said his mind was "already beyond elections".

"Parliament has never been the PAC's obsession and it should not be our obsession; our obsession is to liberate this country," he said.

The former Azanian Peoples' Liberation Army commander said South Africans are the biggest losers under democracy.

"The political democracy is cleverly manipulated to cover up the looting of Azania's resources by the multinationals, aided and abetted by the ruling elite".

Mphahlele urged PAC members to "believe in Sobukwe's ideals and liberate Azania economically, beginning with the return of the land".

He vowed to revive the flagging party after elections.

"After elections we are going to see a new and different PAC," Mphahlele said.

"The PAC is going to be so different that if it had a dog, that dog would bite it because it would not recognise it," he said.

"I know that elections always cause friction but after elections we are going to concentrate on rebuilding this organisation," he said.

In a veiled swipe at PAC member of parliament Motsoko Pheko, Mphahlele said "we are going to reward hard work".

"We are going to see whether, when you were deployed, you deliver voters, because it is votes that send people to Parliament, not the PAC".


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