PAC head finds backing in rural KZN

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

PAC members in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal have pledged full support for the party president Letlapa Mphahlele.

The region says the suspension of the constitution and the national executive committee of the PAC by Mphahlele is beneficial to their organisation.

PAC leader in the region, Nondaba "Manini" Zondi, said they fully support Mphahlele's sentiment that the party is making progress.

"There are strong branches with card-carrying members; everybody is working hard to put the PAC where it belongs," he said.

At a party branch meeting yesterday at the University of Zululand, members said they were surprised that some individuals claimed that their president was unapproachable.

At a meeting earlier this month in Ga-Rankuwa, which was also attended by former presidents Motsoko Pheko and Clarence Makwetu, members from seven provinces were in favour of going to court to reinstate the party's constitution.

Mphahlele suspended the constitution after he dissolved the national executive committee last year.

Zondi said he was amazed to hear PAC followers saying their president was not accessible.

"The reason is that he [Mphahlele] is busy availing himself to the branches and not to the individuals who used to be leaders of this party.

"Our president is the most approachable person. We talk to him, we phone him, he phones us, he visits our branches and he also responds to our messages, so what else do we want him to do?" he asked.

Zondi said the most serious "sin" Mphahlele committed was to favour branches, not individuals.

"He wants everybody to work. There are lots of positions in the PAC but only hard workers should avail themselves," Zondi said.

"We wonder what constitution Makwetu, Stanley Mogoba and Pheko are talking about since the PAC constitution is suspended," said Zondi.

He said Makwetu, Mogoba and Pheko had had sufficient time to build the PAC but had failed.

"How can three failures come up with a good thing?"

The PAC will hold its congress in the Eastern Cape in July. Zondi said they have no problem with that because this was communicated through the correct structures.