Ramphele: Agang plays to win

2013-04-25 15:36

Agang is playing to win, its founder Mamphela Ramphele has told a group of students and journalists in Johannesburg.

Ramphele promised that Agang, which she had founded in February as a “party political platform” would “deliver even more fire-power next week” when she is expected to announce more plans.

Ramphele told a group of about 150 people gathered in a small auditorium in the Origins Centre at the Wits University today that fear of speaking out against the ANC government was too predominant in South Africa.

She said people feared that they might lose their social grants, their tenders or their jobs when they spoke out, but she said people should overcome it.

“Our progress in the freedom struggle was fuelled by those moments when we overcame fear,” she said.

As a result, she said, former president Nelson Mandela could be inaugurated in 1994 as president.

She said now, 20 years after liberation, “let us resolve as a free people finally to consign fear in our political and public lives to a bottomless pit from which it will never emerge,” she said.

The party is planning to launch a petition in Kliptown on Saturday, Freedom Day, “to restore power to the people”.

Officials told City Press that about 10 000 volunteers had signed up on Agang’s website already, and the party itself is set to be launched mid-June.

Also at the event were Mills Soko, the policy director for Agang; Tim Knapp, the chief of staff; Zohra Dawood, the co-founder of Agang; and Moeletsi Mbeki, who is one of the brains behind Agang, although he has denied formal involvement in the organisation.


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