The Pan Africanist Congress has named its replacement for expelled party president Letlapa Mphahlele. Alton Mphethi, who has been the acting president since Mphahlele’s expulsion, was appointed as the new PAC leader.
The announcement was made at the conclusion of the annual national conference of the PAC held in Boksburg, Gauteng, on Saturday. The PAC Secretary General Narius Moloto confirmed that the delegates at the conference “endorsed the expulsion of its former president and replaced him with the acting president Alton Mphethi as leader of the party”.
Letlapa Mphahlele was recalled as the leader of the PAC amidst allegations of attempting to cause division in the party, financial impropriety and poor quality leadership. He was expelled in May. Mphahlele did not initially acknowledge the expulsion and continued to act as the leader.
Though he was invited and expected to attend the national conference, Mphahlele was nowhere to be seen. Moloto said: “Mphahlele was invited to the party’s conference where he was expected to appeal his expulsion but refused to subject himself to the discipline of the organization.” Mphahlele’s lawyers believe that the conference has no legal authority and confirmed that their client would rather leave the matter in the hands of the high court.
Mphethi recently accused the Economic Freedom Fighters of imitating the PAC and “stealing what we have stood for as a party”. He admitted that the reason it is easy for parties such as the EFF to stand out in the political sphere is because the PAC has not been vocal and visible. He conceded: “We have placed ourselves underground and do not go to the people to talk to them.” Perhaps this change in leadership will be influential in making the PAC an organization that is visible and attractive to voters.