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There is a giant in the house!

19 February 2013, 11:00

The ANC is inherently a deeply flawed organisation, and corruption so endemically part of anything they do, they became blind to it. The sooner the majority of South Africans realise that, the sooner we can start to look at alternatives. This beast, dressed in ANC colours, is not the movement of Luthuli, Tambo and Mandela. This ‘thing’ led by Zuma and co is a self-feeding monster that will, if allowed to carry on unchecked, not only consume itself, but the rest of the country with it!

No wonder this stinking rot in the ruling party gave birth to the thoughts of Mamphele Ramphele to look at something different. Very soon after the good doctors’ announcement of Agang, the political spin doctors were out in force trying to shut this thing down. Agang is not even a political party yet, it is a consultative platform for all with some contribution to make to take part, but the hyenas are circling.

The ANC must be shaking in their boots, but if they deploy young, uneducated, disrespectful, little idiots, to try and counter the arguments of a real intellectual giant like Dr Rhamphele, they will do their own cause immense damage.

I see these little political “snotnoses” even try throwing dispersions against DR. Ramphela because of her, association with the mining houses? Ramaphosa, the deputy president of the ANC is still serving in the boardrooms of those same mining houses. At least Ramphele had the good grace to resign from those positions before entering politics.

The favourite of the month is to state that Agang will follow the same route as Cope and simply degenerate into a small insignificant political player. There can hardly be any comparison between Agang and Cope, and how the pundits manage to thumb-suck something like that reflects sadly at their own misunderstanding of South African politics and the person Mamphele Ramphela.

Cope should themselves take full responsible for their own demise. They started off with a bang, with a massive amount of goodwill and support from all courters, and imploded spectacularly by their own inability to behave like leaders. Firstly, the party was started by a bunch of guys annoyed at being sidelined by the “new” leadership in the ANC. One day they were still subscribers of ANC policy, and the moment they dropped off the gravy train, they suddenly became opposed to those same policies they helped creating. The South African electorate, although unsophisticated, is not stupid, and this plain selfish politicking didn’t pass unnoticed. Furthermore, the ugly leadership spat between Lekota and Shilowa killed off any chance of them succeeding at anything.

Like two spoiled schoolboys these two gentlemen publicly tried to ‘assassinate’ the character of the other because, “I’m the king of the castle!” The wellbeing of the people and the future of South Africa was never these gentlemen’s motivation, rather their own egotistical positions in society motivated both these pundits to react the way they did. That was the last straw as far as the majority of potential voters were concerned. Since then Cope has for all intent and proposes disappeared completely off the political radar in South Africa. They make the odd little noise in parliament from time to time, but are hardly visible in the communities they claim to serve, or in the media.

The next tactic is to openly declare that Ramphele will basically compete against Zille for the dwindling middle class voters in any election, and won’t do any harm to the ruling party. The DA and Zille has done studious work educating the South African electorate to the fact that by being in opposition doesn’t mean non-patriotism, as the ANC so readily advocates, and for that we should all salute them.

Dr Mamphele Ramphele is a completely different kettle of fish.  For all intent and purposes, the DA has prepared the groundwork for Agang to take up the baton and run with it. Where the DA is desparately working in growing their political support base in the traditional “black” communities, this is Ramphele has got with abundance. Her history is self explanatory why every human being in this country should respect her. A giant in the struggle against apartheid, a giant in social upliftment of the minds bodies and souls of the suppressed, a giant in big corporate business, a giant in international finance and a giant in academics. How one person managed to do all of this in one lifetime is miraculous. This lady does not only have more credibility than any current political leader, especially the leadership corps of the ANC, but her reputation surpasses anything this country can dish up at the moment.  No wonder the hyenas are out, trying to do as much damage as they possible can! 

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