Ramphele: Agang will win big time

2013-06-09 06:30

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Agang will “win big time” in next year’s elections, its leader Mamphela Ramphele told a crowd at Seshego in Limpopo during her second charm offensive in the province.

At a “mini political rally” at the Honeymoon Lodge yesterday, Ramphele told almost 4 000 people to prepare for the 2014 general elections.

“We are going to win big time in 2014. We are going to build the most beautiful, greatest country in the world. Let us build together, let us start now,” she told the rapturous crowd.

The rally attracted people from all walks of life, some bussed in in one of the 20 buses that came from outside Polokwane, including hundreds of young people who donned Agang T-shirts.

Ramphele encouraged the crowds to volunteer for Agang, her political party which she will formally launch on June 22 in Pretoria, where it will also announce its policy programmes.

Agang’s policies will be informed by the views she has solicited from communities during her tour of the country.

Ramphele accused ANC politicians of “stealing”.

“There is no one without a business in Premier Cassel Mathale’s (provincial) cabinet. Everything which goes wrong is because of stealing. Everywhere we go, people tell us that they are tired. Let’s not get tired, let’s build together,” she said.

Earlier she visited Namakgale in Phalaborwa where she had an intimate meeting with Agang’s organisers and volunteers.

“There is too much corruption, it shows we are not being governed properly. There is no country as beautiful as South Africa. I’ve been to Europe and America,” she told them.

“Agang is not here to do things for you, all of us have to get our hands dirty and build together. Agang is here to revive the promises made to the people in 1994.”

The party, she said, would restore the people’s dignity. Agang is not a joke, she added.

“We are here to change people’s lives for the better. The South Africa that we are seeing today is not the South Africa that we fought for.”

She said she chose to officially launch Agang in June in memory of the youth of 1976 who sacrificed their lives for a better South Africa.

Although Ramphele, who originally comes from Uitkyk village in Senwabarwana, a town in Limpopo, said she will campaign in all provinces, she said she will place a lot of emphasis on her home province as well as Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

“Limpopo is my province, it will be ridiculous to have Agang win everywhere else but not in Limpopo,” she said.

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