PAC men in firing line over wages

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

More senior PAC members have joined former party president Motsoko Pheko in the firing line.

Members allege that the party is now even preparing to ask its deputy president Themba Godi to resign his parliamentary seat and serve as a full-time official. Godi refused to comment yesterday.

Godi could become one of three senior party leaders forced to resign from a position in parliament, the provincial legislature or a parastatal to become a full-time party official.

Malesela Ledwaba, a member of the Gauteng legislature, has been instructed to resign his R35000-a-month job and accept a R10000-a-month post as a party organiser.

Chargein Mabaso, an engineer who works as a senior manager at Eskom, has been instructed to resign and assume the full-time position of finance secretary for the PAC at about R10000 a month.

Ledwaba has chosen to remain a member of the legislature. Mabaso has demanded that the PAC match his salary.

Sources who asked to remain anonymous say that the party's recently elected leader, Letlapa Mphahlele, is purging the party of supporters of his predecessor, Pheko. He is allegedly replacing them with his cronies. The purge allegedly extends as far as city and town councillors.

The party has been demanding that Pheko appear before a disciplinary committee to answer allegations of misappropriation of party funds, refusing to vacate a PAC-owned house and failing to attend meetings of the national executive committee.

Pheko has referred all the allegations to his lawyer.

Party spokesman Mudini Maivha said he would not respond to unnamed critics.

"I can only comment when the said individuals make those claims themselves.

" I find it difficult to respond to faceless people. Until those individuals speak for themselves, the PAC will not comment," said Maivha.