PAC PLEDGE ON NATIONAL ELECTIONS
The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania commits itself to a peaceful election. We are fully aware that a free and fair election cannot take place against the background of political intimidation and intolerance. In our view, a threat of violence is as unacceptable as violence. Threatening the old pensioners in the rural areas, that their pensions will be withdrawn if they don’t vote the incumbent party, equals threat of institutional violence. No free and fair election can take place when there is violenc or threat of violence.
All these pomp and ceremony will be in vain if the ruling party doesn’t make an unequivocal pledge that it will never again use threat of institutional violence.
Let me put it abundantly clear that we in the PAC babour serious doubts about the freeness and fairness of the coming elections. The SABC is not only bias against the PAC, fabricating stories and attributing them to PAC leaders. But the public broadcaster, or what passes for a public broadcaster, deliberately ignores PAC events. On February 28, the PAC commemorated Sobukwe Day in Graaff Reinet. And for the second year running, the SABC boycotted the event.
Be that as it may, we believe that ‘Ntwakgolo ke ya molomo’. Jaw-jaw was better than war-war.