Ramphele is not to blame

2015-03-02 06:00

The article, “Agang SA founder Mamphela Ramphele moves on” by Biénne Huisman (City Press, February 22 2015), contains some serious inaccuracies. In particular, I point to the claim that “The money owed to former staff members ranges from R10?000 to R30?000 for the months of July and August”.

This creates the impression that deputy president Andries Tlouamma was trying to stand up for employees who had left, possibly related to the irrelevant attack on Ramphele’s lifestyle.

These employees were in fact cronies of Tlouamma who, acting president Mike Tshishonga claimed, had not been appointed by reasonable process. The shenanigans do not end there.

In another case decided in Gauteng in February, the judge in effect decided that Tlouamma and Tshishonga had so divided the party that it could not function until the two agreed on a process for leadership elections.

Ramphele made significant mistakes in the running of the party, but we cannot forget that Tlouamma and Tshishonga hounded her out of the party she founded with a bogus allegation of fraud and an aggressive campaign to undermine her authority.

I really feel for those who are owed money, but I cannot accept that she is the single person responsible for the entire fiasco.

Philip Machanick


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