THE president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Letlapa Mphahlele, has filed an urgent court interdict against National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu and rivals within his party in a bid to prevent him being replaced in Parliament.Should Mr Mphahlele be replaced as the PAC’s only MP, it could scupper opposition parties’ plans to join forces and to get the necessary one-third of MPs to take the secrecy bill to the Constitutional Court. While he has been opposed to the bill, there was no indication what stance his proposed replacement — PAC deputy president Alton Mpheti — would take.Opposition parties have a total of 137 seats in the National Assembly. The Congress of the People (COPE) had one vacant seat, and every opposition member’s vote is essential should they decide to go ahead with their Constitutional Court action.On Thursday, the Western Cape High Court postponed hearing the matter until next Wednesday. The PAC has long been riddled with leadership issues, and is split alon...

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