The party, gripped by factionalism, on Friday escaped being deregistered by the Electoral Commission (IEC) by the skin of its teeth. It would have been the first time since the dawn of democracy that the PAC would have been excluded from the voters’ roll.
After hours of listening to an intense stand-off by party members over who should be president, Judge Moses Mavundla, instructed members to follow the draft order which proposes, among other things, an interim national executive committee. Up to 30 respondents participated in the matter with former leader Alton Mphethi asking the courts to intervene in resolving the impasse.
One faction wants Narius Moloto to be declared the party’s legitimate president while another, insists that Mzwanele Nyhontso is number one.
Mphethi also seeks a stake in the top three leadership. He put up a fight indicating that he would not be coerced into accepting the interim draft order without some of his conditions being met, but Mavundla dismissed his application with costs.