ANC not concerned about DA’s ‘rent a black’ – Mantashe

2014-01-29 08:36

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Agang SA had been a “stillborn” party, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said, as the leader of Agang SA Mamphele Ramphele announced she was throwing her lot in with the DA.

“I was listening today of the announcement of a stillborn,” Mantashe said in an address to the Black Business Council in Joburg yesterday.

During the announcement of the merger of Agang and the Democratic Alliance, former president Nelson Mandela had been used as an example of someone who took decisions, often against the opinions of his colleagues.

“Everybody talked about Mandela. They didn’t talk about their leader, but they talked about ANC. You cannot separate Mandela from the ANC,” Mantashe said.

Speaking to Eye Witness News earlier yesterday, Mantashe said the DA was renting a leader in Ramphele, whom the opposition party has announced is candidate for president candidate.

“Two things: It is a report of another stillborn party. It is dead before it was born, called Agang. Number two, it is rent-a-black, rent-a-leader. We can’t be concerned about that,” he said.

Union federation Cosatu said Ramphele’s acceptance of the DA’s invitation had proved it right about Agang SA’s prospects when the party was formed.

“When Mamphela Ramphele launched her new ‘party political platform’ on February 18, 2013, the headline of Cosatu’s response was spot on: ‘Cosatu sees no future for Agang’,” spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

“Just how right we were was proved today, less than a year later.”

Craven said Ramphele had found her true political home as the DA was the party of big business.

This was exactly what Cosatu expected of a person who was the former managing director of the World Bank and chairwoman of Gold Fields.

“DA leader Helen Zille says that there was ‘no better person’ than Ramphele to lead their election bid, but very few ANC voters will be fooled by this move,” he said.

“The DA’s policies remain just as bankrupt, including lowering entry-level wages for young workers, weakening the laws which protect workers’ rights and attacking the trade union movement.”

The ANC had a far superior track record of struggle, with the country far more likely to begin its economic transformation under a movement forged in the furnace of the liberation.

The African People’s Convention (APC) said it was confident African people, who were continually marginalised, would “see through the trick of trying to turn them into voting cattle”.

“Today’s announcement that Agang leader will front the DA’s presidential campaign during elections did not come as a surprise to the APC. For a long while we have been suspecting that Agang was purely established as a vehicle to lure African vote into the DA.

“Our view is that this is a continuation of the DA’s black face, white body campaign where they put black people as fronts while they continue to ensure that the interests of their core constituency which is a white minority continues to be served.

“APC calls upon those who have been misled into [supporting] Agang not to despair, and request all to join a real alternative government of the people, which is the APC,” it said in a statement.

APC was the only political home of choice capable of delivering on their aspirations, it said.

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