Predictions for Agang

2013-06-23 09:59

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City Press has learnt that the DA’s polls show Agang SA is likely to get about 1% of the vote.

However, political analyst Somadoda Fikeni put Agang’s ­electoral prospects at below 10% and said a large chunk of that was likely to come from disgruntled ANC ­voters.

He said Ramphele was also likely to draw support from new voters. In her attempts to win them over, he said, Ramphele might find herself on the same hunting ground as the DA.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said Agang could get about 5%, as the political terrain was welcoming to a new entrant and Ramphele could capitalise on voters not keen to vote DA or ANC.

Ebrahim Fakir from the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa said the question was whether South Africans voted in terms of what they identify with or what they aspire to.

The leaders Ramphele has assembled around her would appeal to the aspirational voter as they have all had professional careers to date.

He also said it depended on how well the party could organise on grass-roots level. “Whether her party does well or not, Ramphele will play an important game in an oversight and accountability sense.

The ANC has been ­extremely successful in ­delivering ­basic services like grants and housing, but they have lagged on more long-term functions like ­education,” he said.

Ramphele has so far placed a strong emphasis on education in her speeches.


Agang has broad policy positions on five areas: education, the economy, health, the public service, and safety and security.

»?On education:

The party wants the country’s ­education to be among the world’s top 10.

It aims to raise the subject pass rate to 50%.

It also wants to hire 15 000 more teachers and provide incentives for scarce skills, such as maths teaching. The party also wants to upgrade education facilities.

»?On the economy:

Agang has pledged to ensure that the country has a single economic plan.

It says it will link Cabinet ministers’ pay to the attainment of job creation and economic growth targets.

It also promises to invest in massive infrastructure projects which will absorb the unemployed, and it wants companies that receive tenders for those projects to train apprentices to transfer skills.

It also wants to encourage the growth of small and medium-sized businesses, and cut the red tape that small businesses have to deal with.

»?On health:

Agang wants to train and hire more “health professionals”.

It also wants local and provincial health institutions to have more powers.

The party also plans to provide tax incentives to private sector providers to work in the public sector and to run some public institutions.

It also wants to reduce maternal and child mortality, and the HIV infection rate.

»?On the public service:

Agang proposes a ban on government officials who do business with the state.

It also wants to increase the budgets of public sector watchdogs such as the Auditor-General and the Public Protector.

It wants to bar public officials who have been found guilty of corruption from running for office for five years, and wants MPs and their families to publicly disclose their financial interests.

»?On safety and security:

Agang plans to increase the number of police officers to 250?000, to ­de-militarise the police and get rid of police brutality.

It also wants the police to work closely with communities and private security firms in fighting crime.

The police should also have a national database to track crime and manage cases, and the information will be made public.

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