The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday in Moletjie Moshate, Limpopo.
The PAC was formed on 6 April 1959 at the convention of Africanists held at Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto, Johannesburg.
The Africanists, however, took their day of formation as symbolic continuation of the wars of resistance against foreign invaders, represented by the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck on the shores of the Western Cape Peninsula in three ships, on 6 April 1652.
The PAC was seen and understood by its founders and followers as the political formation of the times to represent the hopes and wishes of the African people to reclaim their full status as rightful owners of the land, as well as restore their human dignity.
When speaking at the anniversary President of the PAC Narius Moloto said the country is struggling to return the land to the people.
Moloto called for a new deal on land reform, saying there should be re-engagements with land owners to renegotiate land redistribution to benefit all black citizens.
“Now, the struggle we are facing in this country and will continue to face will be the return of the land.
“We are still calling for a new deal on the land, and our call is informed by the fact that CODESA (Convention for a Democratic South Africa) has led our people down and therefore we need to go back and take everybody including those who own the land. We must go back to the table and say we all South Africans are calling for fresh negotiations.”
Land also featured prominently at the party’s Eastern Cape manifesto launch in East London. Party members marched to two private companies before the launch.