Mamphela Ramphele’s exit ‘could revive’ Agang

2014-07-10 08:21

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Agang SA could reconcile after the resignation of its leader Mamphela Ramphele, the party has said.

She announced her exist from politics on Tuesday, claiming she wanted to return to working alongside the country’s citizens in civil society.

Agang had been divided into two factions, with the one side aligned with Ramphele and the other calling for her removal as party head, said Agang acting spokesperson John McConnachie.

“Talks aimed at settling the differences between the two factions may take place this weekend and could also afford a reprieve to the party’s two parliamentary leaders, Mike Tshisonga and Andries Tlouamma,” said McConnachie.

“Agang SA’s reconstituted national executive committee [NEC] on Tuesday decided to explore the possibility of such talks as a last resort to stop destructive infighting and a likely protracted court battle.” » Talk to us: Could Mamphela Ramphele’s exit from politics revive Agang SA? Leave your comment below or join the conversation on Twitter: @City_Press.

   

Tshisonga and Tlouamma were served notices of expulsion by the party last week.

This came after their alleged involvement in plans to oust Ramphele from the party.

In June, Ramphele and Tshisonga opened separate fraud cases with police over a bank account opened to receive a refund from the Independent Electoral Commission, believed to be about R200 000.

At the time, Tlouamma announced that Tshisonga, who is also the party chairperson, would be acting president.

Tshisonga and Tlouamma were both members of Agang’s former NEC.

The former NEC has been replaced by a newly constituted NEC formed by a task team appointed by Ramphele after the elections.

Tshisonga and Tlouamma and the other members of their faction had rejected the legitimacy of the newly constituted NEC.

McConnachie said the weekend talks would be a “once-off” offer and that they must take place and be finalised.

If the talks failed, the party planned to proceed with urgent disciplinary measures against Tshisonga, Tlouamma and their faction, said McConnachie.

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