Agang picks up the pieces after failed DA merger

2014-03-03 00:00

AGANG followers in Pietermaritzburg are picking up the pieces and hoping to pitch a spirited campaign in the two-month run up to the elections. Local party members have acknowledged that it has been a rocky road since the aborted merger with the Democratic Alliance (DA).

They met yesterday afternoon to talk about a campaign. Sarah Dlamini, who is one of the group of locals hoping to get the local initiative up and running, acknowledged that the past weeks have been painful. She said Agang had started to look like a viable opposition for many and this blunder had undermined the credibility of the party and its leaders in many people’s eyes. “I myself have actually gone through the five stages of grief on this one,” Dlamini wrote in a recent blog.

Since the dust has settled Dlamini said she can see more clearly. She recognises failed negotiations between political parties do happen. “We are just super mad that it happened right now in our country because we’re all feeling a bit desperate and, like a bird looking for a way out of a room, we are feeling like we thought we had a way out but ended up concussing ourselves on a pane of glass,” Dlamini said in a blog entitled, “the way i see it”.

She added that the tragic by-product of the recent debacle was that people who had started engaging with South African politics had gone back into their shells. “We were asking questions, changing the way we speak. And bam. We are back to the same old — ‘Typical politicians’, ‘can’t trust any of them’, ‘it’s not worth it, nothing’s ever going to change’.

Dlamini is sticking with Agang because she believes monopoly politics in South Africa needs to be challenged. “Our democracy needs a change in power. More than 20 years in power unchallenged is too much even for the most noble of leaders,” she said.

If you are interested in finding out more about Agang locally, e-mail:

fiona@phelamanga.co.za

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