Pan-Africanist parties hope for revival

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Pan-African and black consciousness parties are hoping to make a comeback on the parliamentary scene after the May 8 elections.Although the appetite for black consciousness thinking has increased — in part a result of disillusionment with the ANC — this has not translated into votes for the parties traditionally associated with black consciousness and pan-Africanism, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, the PAC splinter, the African People’s Convention (APC), and the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo).

The PAC, Azapo and the APC have been riven by internal battles and it has been the Economic Freedom Fighters that has benefited, successfully harnessing much of the rhetoric of black consciousness, even though the EFF’s roots are in the ANC.The PAC was almost unable to register for the upcoming elections. The high court saved it from being deregistered by the Electoral Commission of South Africa, which took issue with who was actually leading the party.

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