Mamphela Ramphele quits politics

2014-07-08 15:07

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Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has decided to leave politics.

“I have decided to leave party politics and return to working alongside my fellow citizens in civil society to pursue the dream of transforming ours into a more just and prosperous society,” Ramphele said today.

“I will therefore be leaving party politics, having accomplished my aim of creating a political vehicle to enable those who remain outside the political mainstream to have a voice.”

She said those who took Agang SA forward must continue to strengthen and build the party.

“As to my future contribution, as the months have passed by after the election in May, I have become increasingly convinced that my experience and knowledge is best utilised to help build an empowered and aware citizenry.

“I return to civil society to continue to pursue the idealism that has driven me all my life as an active citizen,” she said.

“I remain convinced that working more intensely with young people and women, who are the majority populations, will yield the best outcomes for our beloved country.”

Ramphele's decision to leave politics takes place at a time when Agang SA has been divided, as a faction tried to wrestle the leadership of the party from her.

One faction held a national executive committee meeting in Alexandra at the end of June where it was decided that Ramphele was not fit for the position.

The group adopted a motion of no-confidence in her leadership and questioned her leadership style.

She was subsequently suspended but a group supporting Ramphele retaliated by expelling those who attended the meeting.

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