PAC splinter group to form its own party

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

A PAC breakaway group led by former general secretary Thami ka Plaatjie are starting a new political party, and have been in talks with the IFP to take advantage of the "open sphere for re-alignment" created by the "disintegration of the ANC".

Interim deputy secretary general Zamikhaya Gxabe said the new party, which will announce its name after it has registered with the Independent Electoral Commission, has also held talks with the Azapo and the Socialist Party of Azania (Sopa).

But they have ruled out a possible alliance with the ANC splinter party that former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota is rumoured to be launching.

Interim secretary general Clarence Mayekiso said: "We cannot be party to programmes that undermine our goal of returning the land to its rightful owners."

Gxabe described the IFP as an organisation that "had been nudged away from the political centre".

"We might be able to make our ideas on land and wealth redistribution prevail" in talks with the IFP, he said.

The breakaway group decided to launch a new party after the Bloemfontein high court permanently interdicted them last week from using the name and colours of the PAC, and from establishing another PAC under a new leadership.

The breakaway group had been at loggerheads with PAC president Letlapa Mphahlele .