Biko would be saddened by current state of SA – Ramphele

2013-03-12 13:22

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Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko would be very saddened by the current state of South Africa, Dr Mamphela Ramphele has said.

Speaking to journalists at the Maake Tribal Authority in Lenyenye outside Tzaneen where she lived for eight years in the 1980s after she was banished by the apartheid regime, Ramphele said Biko would “not have wanted South Africa to be like this”.

“But he was not a pessimist, he was an optimist and would have done something to change things,” she said.

Ramphele is visiting different communities in Limpopo to inform them of her decision to launch Agang, a political party, which she will register with the Independent Electoral Commission in June.

This morning she visited projects which she started when she lived in Lenyenye. They include a brick-laying cooperative, a daycare centre and a community health centre.

Addressing a crowd of about 400 at the Lenyenye Community Centre, she said: “What we don’t want to see is for South Africa to go down. Let us reconstruct and rebuild South Africa.

“South Africa doesn’t have money problems, but the problem is that your leaders are stealing it. They have a culture of shameless impunity. They steal in broad day and they are not even scared of the police.”

Many women in the community heaped praise on Ramphele, talking about how they are now making a living through the sewing skills which she taught them.

Others thanked Ramphele, a medical doctor, for saving their children from preventable diseases back in the 1980s.

Ramphele told the community that Agang will soon have an organiser in the area.

“There will be pamphlets, flyers and brochures. What you need to do is to get involved. We have to build together. Just like we have built community centres, crèches, bricklaying projects, we can also build South Africa.

“Help will not come from anywhere else, it will come from every one of you,” she said.

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