Factional battles for the leadership of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) are expected to be put aside this weekend when the party holds its national elective conference in Kimberley.

Those organising the conference say the expected election of a new national executive will go a long way in addressing the issue of leadership in the party.

The PAC has been dogged by leadership battles over the past decade. Three leaders – Narius Moloto, Letlapa Mphahlele and Luthando Mbinda have all claimed to be the true president of the PAC.

The three have been engaged in a war of words and court action to stop each other from claiming the presidency. But, the party now says it is committed to unifying the three factions following a unity conference held in Kimberley in August.

Letlapa Mphahlele and Luthando Mbinda have previously committed to put their differences aside and work towards unifying their warring factions. Mphahlele was not available for comment. And Mbinda called the conference a watershed moment for the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

Conference organisers say Narius Moloto is welcome to attend and compete for the presidency. But, Moloto has dug in his heels. He says the conference is illegitimate.

Thousands of PAC members are expected to attend the elective conference, which will end on Sunday.

PAC internal power struggle a challenge for its leadership