Ramphele 'wanted Sexwale for Agang'

2013-11-19 08:14

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Businessman and former ANC heavyweight Tokyo Sexwale has revealed that Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele wanted him for Agang.

Speaking at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton last night, Sexwale, who sits on the Nelson Mandela Foundation board with Ramphele, said after he was fired as human settlements minister by President Jacob Zuma a few months ago, Ramphele was "licking her lips" every time she saw him at a board meeting.

But Sexwale didn't want to bite.

"I said to her, if you want me, make it better than the ANC. If not, then join us," he joked.

Sexwale also joked with US ambassador Patrick Gaspard, who attended the event, after Sexwale was recently stopped from entering the US because he was still on that country's terrorist list.

Sexwale said he made sure those who detained him contributed more to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The US government gave about R1 million for the preservation of Mandela's archives.

President Jacob Zuma at the occasion announced that a statue of Mandela would be unveiled at the Union Buildings in December, to mark its centenary.

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