- The PAC has been marred by infighting over leadership
- Two people are claiming to be party leader - Narius Moloto and Mzwanele Nyhontso
- A court battle between the two factions continues
The IEC awaits the outcome of the legal battle between the two factions in the PAC infighting over leadership.
The commission said it has written a letter to legal representatives of the two groups informing them it would await the court outcome. The IEC claims it has no power to determine the rightful leader of the PAC between Narius Moloto and Mzwanele Nyhontso.
"It is clear that there is still a raging leadership dispute within the PAC and, what is more, there are disputes between the warring groupings about the current status of their litigation and the legal effect thereof,” counsel for the commission wrote.
"The commission’s enduring position is that it is neither empowered nor able to resolve leadership disputes and determine which grouping comprises the legitimate leadership of a party, and the PAC is no exception. Such disputes must either be resolved politically inside the party concerned or, failing which, they should be resolved by the courts."
Narius Moloto and Mzwanele Nyhontso each claim to be party leader and have taken the battle to the courts. The PAC, founded in 1959 by Robert Sobukwe, suffered declining support at the polls this year. It managed to garner just one seat in Parliament after this year's general elections. Electoral support dropped from 0.21 % in the 2014 general elections to 0.19 % after the May elections.
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