Still on the coalition talks, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) has agreed to join the African Naional Congress (ANC) coalition in Ekurhuleni but on the condition that it releases its political prisoners.
According to the party’s national spokesman Kenneth Mokgatlhe, the party seeks the immediate release of over 100 PAC political prisoners which they believe where dillegally kept in the prison, in exchange for a coalition in Ekurhuleni.
He said more than 100 PAC political prisoners were still in jail.
“We (are) still struggling with political prisoners, who we believe have been kept there illegally, and we had talks with the ANC national leadership previously and we never really came with fruitful results. But we believe with this particular power that we (are) having … we can then make them listen to our demands and release our political prisoners,” Mokgatlhe said.
Sources in two political parties, revealed that the ANC has brokered a package which will allow it to govern Ekurhuleni with the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and the African Independent Congress (AIC).
PAC’s Kenneth Mokgatlhe on Thursday confirmed the deal and said the ANC was the only party to approach the PAC. He said the PAC met the ANC’s Gauteng leadership on Wednesday and now the party will take the deal to its national executive committee meeting on Sunday.
However, ANC’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the party would be looking into coalitions and asking questions such as, “Why do we go into coalitions, is it about power, is it about keeping the DA out, what is the basis for a coalition?”
Mantashe further noted that the ANC would examine the implications of a number of issues at the NEC meeting including that in four metros there was no outright winner and that those metros would have to be governed through coalitions. The party was also going back to 1994 to assess whether it was “in decline”.
The ANC needs 51% to govern the metro. It has 48.6% of the vote in Ekurhuleni with 109 seats, while the AIC has 1.6% and four seats, and the PAC 0.4% and one seat. The ANC needs 51% to govern the metro outright.
Mokgatlhe said the PAC also wanted its members, who were working in a number of government departments, to be treated better if it must join in the ANC Coalition in Ekurhuleni
“Members are not given serious positions … we can amplify our role in government… (We) believe with this power we can have (the) ANC listen to our demands,” he said.
He said the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania would also prioritize the issue of land in the ANC coalition in