Ramphele: We are here to restore power

2013-09-25 21:00
Mamphele Ramphele (File, Sapa)

Mamphele Ramphele (File, Sapa)

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Hammanskraal - Agang SA is responding to the failure to build South Africa 20 years after democracy, party leader Mamphela Ramphele said on Wednesday.

"We are responding to the failure to build for 80% plus of South Africa's people," she told dozens of supporters in the Hammanskraal community hall.

"We are here to give notice to South Africa, we are here to restore the power to the people."

It was time to build functional education systems, clinics, police stations, and provide basic services for people, she said.

The sacrifices of people like former president Nelson Mandela and former ANC president Oliver Tambo had been in vain, because 20 years after democracy children still went to mud schools and some people were without toilets, said Ramphele.

People needed to vote to exercise their power. Political parties distributing food parcels was an insult to people's dignity.

"Imagine the indignity. People don't create an environment for jobs for decent livelihoods and then they come with food parcels once in five years.

"It's an insult to the dignity of the citizens in this country. The money from those food parcels is stolen from taxpayers. They are stealing your money to buy your vote."

Corruption was destroying the country and South Africa needed competent people in charge, she said. Corruption was a tax on the people.

Disclosing their wealth

Leaders unwilling to disclose their wealth and how much they owned should not be allowed in governments because one was not sure what they had stolen, Ramphele said.

She revealed in August that she had a net worth of R55.4m.

"Those who are found guilty of corruption or are suspected of corruption should not be allowed to serve in the government of this country. We are the only country in the world where someone [who] faces 700 plus charges of corruption can successfully become president," she said.

Ramphele said people not voting was part of the problem because millions of people registered to vote in 2009 did not do so.

"Agang SA is the fresh start South Africa needs because after 20 years you can't still be learning," she said.

South Africa had innovative and intelligent people able to take the country forward, but who were not given a chance.

The crowd, lead by Ramphele, chanted: "enough is enough" and "down with the corrupt people, down".

Escorted by her bodyguards through the back door, Ramphele entered the hall at 11:35 to cheers. She walked through the singing crowd shaking a few hands.

Many people wore white T-shirts emblazoned with the party's yellow and green logo.

Before her address, she stood on the stage and danced as the crowd sang.

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