Agang identifies 5 key policy areas

2013-06-22 18:00
Children attend the launch of Agang SA in Pretoria. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

Children attend the launch of Agang SA in Pretoria. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

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Pretoria - Newly launched Agang SA has identified five policy areas it is focusing on, policy director Mills Soko said on Saturday.

However, these were still draft policies and the party would still engage with communities and its members.

"We have done internal polling to access where we stand as a party in terms of support and policies," Soko told a briefing on the sidelines of Agang SA's launch in Pretoria.

"This is a pole which has shaped our choice of policy areas."

The areas were: education, the economy with a focus on job creation, public service specifically focusing on corruption, health and crime.

Consultations

Soko said draft policy proposals would be released on Saturday.

However, these were not the final policies.

"We will embark on a process of consultations. We're planning to launch the full detailed policies in September," he said.

As the party grows it would look at other policies.

Soko said Agang's approach to policy was very pragmatic and about finding the best policy tools.

The party had looked at government's National Development Plan which it said needed some improvements.

"There is a lot that we like... But there's also things we think can be improved. We're looking at policy tools from all sources."

Mamphela Ramphele launched Agang SA as a political party at the Tshwane Events Centre on Saturday.

About 2 000 people, mostly dressed in white T-shirts with Agang SA printed on them, listened intently and cheered as Ramphele spoke to them about the problems facing South Africa and how her party planned on tackling the issues.

ANC arrogance 'breathtaking'

She lashed out at the African National Congress-led government saying it set an "appalling" example.

"The leaders of this current government set an appalling example that others follow... They seem to think they are beyond the reach of the law."

She said the arrogance of the current government was "breathtaking". It was acting with impunity and abusing "the resources of the state for the enrichment of a party, themselves and their friends".

"The arms deal, Nkandla, the Guptas, the list of these abuses goes on and on," she said to a cheering crowd.

Ramphele also lambasted government for destroying the economy. Agang's political director Moeketsi Mosola said the party believed it had the right people to take the challenges facing South Africa on.

"We are very clear that South Africa needs change... We are very clear that Agang is here to bring a game change in South Africa," said Mosola.

"If possible we'd like to go to the elections and win."

Joining the party

During her address Ramphele said the party would welcome, in the near future, parliamentarians and activists who would join the party.

Soko said it would be leaders from all sectors, some of them known and others who were not.

"We've been talking to them with a view of attracting them," he said.

"We must ensure they meet the principles of Agang, they comply with [our] principles and code of conduct."

Soko said an announcement would be made in due course.

Ramphele said the party would hold an elective conference later in the year.

Mosola said the conference would be attended by registered members from voting districts across the country.

Marquees were set up at the launch where volunteers were able to register as members of Agang.

The volunteers registering people said they received thousands of applications from supporters who had come to the launch.

The party also had people registering online to join with a membership of R20.

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