I'm glad that you've met with positive responses in the streets from your open 
support for the PAC.  The masses - the working people made up of workers, poor 
peasants, the unemployable (the underclass) and the jobless, students, youth, 
women and the aged - have living experience of the heat of the struggle, and 
they know their organisations and their patriotic heroes.  The PAC definitely 
belongs to this category.  It is not a figment of the imagination to say the 
masses relate to the thoughts and activities of Sharpeville and Langa (1960), 
the Poqo Insurrection (1961 -1967),  the re-emergence of struggle ethos with 
involvement of the PAC in the Black Consciousness movement (1968 -1977), the 
PAC underground network and the armed struggle (1978 -1994), and the rise of 
young braves from the crucible of direct confrontation with the settler 
colonial powers.  That the PAC did not emerge victorious from the successive 
national general elections is in itself a reflection of the objective 
conditions and the predominance of the global power play, and that the African 
masses are themselves not in power.  I would expect the sigh of relief and 
positive response from those who believe that, given a chance, the true 
liberation forces will re-emerge and reclaim their positions in society rather 
than this dominance of selfish, corrupt, and reactionary spirit prevailing in 
the corridors of power.  


The contradictions inside the PAC are however a different matter altogether: 
now that career politics pays a living wage and a decent salary, all the 
different characters with a mission put up a fight to assume positions of 
control and influence inside the Party for personal benefit.  They distort the 
purpose for which the PAC exist and use its platforms for self-aggrandisement 
and self-enrichment.  They prefer short cuts to power before it is too late.  
Each time the doors are opened for everybody to come back to the PAC - such as 
when Uncle Zeph was released in 1990 and at the Mamelodi Convention of 
Africanists in 1996 -  the opportunists with questionable credentials and funny 
backgrounds worm themselves up to influential positions and to take authority, 
but they then go out to settle old scores and mete out vendettas.  They say 
when you open doors for fresh air you should also accept that flies will also 
come in.  If we are all serious about resolving these contradictions we would 
then create a conducive atmosphere and a common platform to discuss and map the 
road going forward in a united PAC.  What you are saying is correct.  Those who 
believe they own the PAC as some kind of personal fiefdom are obviously 
delusionary.  Those who form cliques and tribal fraternities are reactionary.  
Those who keep silent and fear consequences for doing the right thing are 
cowards. And soon we should label the ones who obstruct the path to the 
re-emergence of the PAC as sell-outs.  I believe that all that the African 
people expect from us - we who are committed to the PAC's objectives and are in 
the Africanist school of thought - is to get our house in order. No stupid 
rantings and no flies.


Izwe lethu iAfrika.


Jaki Seroke 



Subject: [PAYCO]
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:26:20 +0200

Hi Jackie: Mawande/ Cunningham/  Sebenzile
The PAC doesn’t seem to have fallen on a political oblivion 
Last weekend I put on my PAC t-shirt, (I had not worn PAC things for many 
years), despite the unfavorable climate these days. as it was month end, a lot 
of people were thronging to town for varied reasons. It was very much intrigued 
that I can count approximately 10 people who greeted me in open palm salute of 
PAC. They would shout or acclaim “izwe lethu”. Typically was an old woman, who 
must have been at her eighties, this woman was very thrilled. She recounted to 
me how police raided PAC camps in Lesotho, and she expressed her profound 
sadness at the untimely passing away of Prof Sobukwe. She continued to express 
her very deep sense of disappointment with the current antecedents making a 
continued history of internal rivalry in the PAC. Comrade:
In your previous email you argued that there was no schism in this 
organization, except people taking over the PAC, probably to amass accruals 
through this organization. Be what this concerns maybe, their controversy and 
so on. Without taking any side, I was elated that ten people on Saturday gave 
PAC recognition. However, we fail to exploit these opportunities. I understand 
there were two separate PAC events celebrating hero’s day. Can’t we be 
pragmatic? Let’s face reality and engage each other, let us dialog on the 
differences. Some time ago, I refrained from entering the fray between these 
groupings. I think now I can put my points very clear, let us unite. People ay 
to us izwe lethu when they greet us, but we say amongst ourselves my enemy when 
we greet one another.
Kind Regards
Mduduzi Sibeko

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