Agang SA is a formidable machine – Mamphela Ramphele

2014-05-03 17:41

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele returned to Limpopo today, where she addressed a handful of enthusiastic supporters in the last leg of the party’s elections campaign.

Held at the Seshego Stadium, which is in Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s neighbourhood, Agang SA supporters could be heard chanting: “Down with Julius Malema, down! Down with Jacob Zuma, down!”

Ramphele did not mention the EFF or its leaders once, despite her supporters’ chants.

She joined the chorus in her 20 minute-long speech and criticised the ruling party for its failures, labelling the Zuma-led administration a “government of thieves”.

Ramphele said Agang SA was seeking to “build an SA where everyone will feel dignified and where there is equality”.

She emphasised disability as one of the inequalities in the country, calling it a “disgrace that they went to the extent of having a fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service”.

Ramphele said people were “tired of promises, tired of tenderpreneurs and bridges that collapse”.

“It is time to change this government of thieves. It is time for South Africans to use the power that they have in their hands and change this government,” she said.

“Mandela said if the ANC do to us what the apartheid government did, then we must do to the ANC what we did to the apartheid government. Use your vote and remove them.

“The power is in your hands. Your vote is your power,” she said.

Ramphele said there was no place for corruption in Agang SA, adding that her party had in its ranks a number of corruption busters, including forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

“In Agang SA, we will remove you from your position if you are caught with your hands in the cookie jar,” she said.

Ramphele said her party has grown strong since it was founded last year.

“Agang SA is a small new party but it is a formidable machine, all built from nothing,” she said.

Ramphele also emphasised the importance of education and skills development instead of subsidies, which she said were not sustainable.

“We need high quality education and training. We have Setas [Sector Training and Education Authorities], which must empower you with skills so that unemployment can be addressed,” she said.

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