PAC’s Mphahlele replaced as leader

11 August 2013 - 11:04 By Sapa
PAC president Letlapa Mpahlele. File photo
PAC president Letlapa Mpahlele. File photo

Expelled PAC president Letlapa Mphahlele has been replaced as the party’s leader, the PAC said on Saturday.

“The PAC’s annual national conference today [Saturday] endorsed the expulsion of its former president and replaced him with the acting president Alton Mphethi as leader of the party,” said secretary general Narius Moloto.

The two-day conference, which ended on Saturday, is the highest structure of the Pan Africanist Congress between congresses. About 500 delegates attended the conference in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

“This decision ends months of statements in which Mphahlele continued to claim he was in control of the party as leader,” 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 organisation.”  Mphahlela said he would not attend the conference and labelled it “a clown’s kangaroo court”.

The expulsion came as a result of charges levelled against him, including undermining and attempting to split the party, appointing individuals to the national executive committee through unconstitutional means.

He was also accused of fraudulently taking control of the party’s bank account.

Moloto condemned the Ngeno and Mteto firm of attorneys, Mphahlele’s personal lawyers, for meddling in politics and claiming to represent the PAC.