Agang SA to help 'realign politics in SA'

2013-06-22 22:04

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Saturday welcomed the launch of Agang SA, led by Mamphela Ramphele.

"The DA welcomes any development in South Africa which hastens the realignment of politics in our country," spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said.

"Those of us who still believe in the dream of the rainbow nation need to stand together in order to make it a reality... It is equally important not to split the electoral vote to the point where opposition politics becomes ineffective."

He said a weak and divided opposition would not benefit or improve the lives of South Africans.


The launch of a new political party is another step in building a new majority in South African politics, Maimane said.

"What South Africa needs is a strong and growing alternative which can govern well and deliver opportunities for all South Africans."

Ramphele officially launched Agang SA at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria on Saturday.

The former activist and businesswoman lashed out at the African National Congress-led government, saying accountability begins with the president of a country.

"We deserve to have a president who knows that it is wrong to steal money meant for RDP houses to build himself a R205m palace," Ramphele said.

"We have a right to know what kind of business is being done between officials, their families and the government."

She said government was destroying the country's economy and was setting an "appalling" example that others were following.

More than a thousand people, mostly dressed in white T-shirts with Agang SA printed on them, listened intently and cheered as Ramphele spoke about the problems facing South Africa.

In the past five months, Ramphele has visited communities around the country listening to citizens' concerns.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-06-22 22:13

    Well let's hope agang will make a difference. Unlike other oppositional who fades up because they become so obsessed with a ruling party.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-22 23:43

      da failed to convince agang to join them ... i'm glad. Now we await for eff launch in north west! Yeppe...#foreverMALEMA

      Morris Macala - 2013-06-23 00:52

      AgangSA today.EFF party tmrw. Let us agree and call it BLACK POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT[BPE] or job creation[more dan 300 parties]

      Nico de Jongh - 2013-06-23 01:19

      EFFing Freedom Fighter.. are they to remain 'Fighting' even after they become the ruling party..very short living the ANC caught in a never ending 'struggle' even after their 'victory. EFF the fighters and strugglers. If they change Abang to Abong maybe I might gain DA courage to vote. for us normal

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-06-23 05:58

      Lol people calling others names forgetting to look at themselves, listen, it is the opposition duty to point out that which is wrong with the ruling party, any person can do that, what makes the opposition to be taken serious is when if they criticise they also tell the people what they would have done, and unfortunately you don't hear enough of that in SA,

      Philip Theron - 2013-06-23 07:01

      A true Democracy consists of four basic and key elements. Ø A political system for choosing and replacing the Government through free and fair elections. Ø The active participation of “The People” as citizens in politics and civic life. Ø Protection of the Human Rights of all citizens. Ø A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens. A Democracy allows “The People” to choose their leaders and hold them accountable. It is “The People” who decides who represents them in Parliament. This done, by choosing between competing (Opposition) parties in free fair elections. It is important to know that “The People” are the highest form of political authority. Power of “The People” should flow to the leaders who are in power for limited periods. “The People” should be free to criticize and to observe how elected leaders conduct the business in Government, and elected leaders should listen to “The People” and respond to their needs and suggestions. It is very important that citizens are aware that Opposition parties are vital in a Democracy, and a Democracy becomes so much stronger when “The People” totally understand this. I think AGANG and the DA need to unite in coalition after the 2014 elections. Their thought process comes together on 95% on what is needed....

  • Nsovo Komati Sambo - 2013-06-22 22:22


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  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2013-06-22 23:33

    Another one for the news maker of the year just before the elections and then fades away in six months

  • Kobus Thomas - 2013-06-22 23:36

    Rhampele tell me how u got to own all u have . Any tenders , goverment or otherwise awarded to u or a company u own or have a stake/share in. You answer will determin how u can represent the normal SA- citizen( any SA born individual) . Cauze that's what we as a nation need !

      Kobus Thomas - 2013-06-23 00:49

      Listen peanut( last of name calling cause that's just stupid ! But that's what u understand ) its not about colour or race . Its was a question the majority of SA people would ask that do not have updates on news and internet connnection daily . Becauze the majority, who don't have that privelige are most affected , and they need a leader that's fair and understands their circumstances and have a need and willingnes to help them improve their live. Don't be so self-centered please!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-23 12:11

      Kobus Thomas. She worked for it.

  • Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-22 23:40

    You are saying that bcoz they refused to join DA hahaha try to speak to julius' eff myb they will join democracy at its best...

  • Jacques Kilian - 2013-06-22 23:41

    Vote for Agang or DA and this country shall improve!!!!!!

      @Tk.com_liberal - 2013-06-23 07:29

      The DA do not talk to my needs and although I have full respect for the top leadership , I fear agenda of its core members. We see them commenting here all the time.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-23 12:14 We see the ANC members commenting here too. Where is the difference?.

  • Theo Groenewald - 2013-06-22 23:52

    Well, the country might not be ready for a white madam president, but a black woman with integrity, that might not be so far fetched. For the first time I'm gonna have a choice when voting. SO democratic I might just wear new vellies... :-)

      Chris Nel - 2013-06-23 14:39

      jip, racist you are.

  • maraisl - 2013-06-23 00:08

    Sounds good. Looking forward to the 2014 elections. Please vote people, make your voices heard.

  • Kgomotso Phathu - 2013-06-23 00:21

    Yep Maimane you sense it well the electoral vote of the opposition will split. DA target group has found a home. Dr Mamphela has just snatch food out of DA s mouth.

      monnapule.mogotloane - 2013-06-23 00:36

      the geatest loser in whole will be the DA.

      Rocky Bell - 2013-06-23 08:58

      DA the losers? wanna bet? Read the comments above and see who and how many are leaving the anc. surprise...surprise!!!!!!!

  • Moss Kop - 2013-06-23 01:58

    Agang. Build. Blacks are in power, and is non racial. Just join the movement Doc!!!!

  • Rene McEvoy - 2013-06-23 02:25

    Please please lt this be walk the talk and not just talk. Remember the people, remember the country, we need to have people to work for the betterment of all South Africans. We have toooooo many hungry, poor people to allow the fat cats to get fatter!

  • Reza Ryklief - 2013-06-23 05:46

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      Donald Moseri - 2013-06-23 10:14

      My enemy's friend is my number 1big enemies

  • leko.dada1 - 2013-06-23 05:49

    Ja,ja,jah~ I see most commenting here are excited and hopeful for the fall of the mighty ANC .I am not. As much as I'm pro EFF and i like Agang sa but i doupt voting for each while DA still kickin' ... its plain to see DA has its own plan . whites are lying low, smilling and UNITED to vote for DA in numbers - thats the rainbow nation they dreaming about - for the mere fact that they NOT prepared to join real alternative to govern rather prefering to remain resistance to anything black dominated. Agang's calculation supposed to be uniting all small opposition parties and pause attacks on Zuma- ANC for these coming elections and focus on becoming alternative party not opposition MOSTLY obliterate DA so to form majority of blacks and whites for future elections become clear WHOSE THE ENEMY we dealing with or taking out of power. Real politics is that we still having two ghosts to sort-out DA's superiority agenda and constrast ANC micromanaging us (majority). As things stand I will still vote for ANC. im not the only loser. We re all in it.

      Rocky Bell - 2013-06-23 09:01

      Did you know the DA has more black registered members than whites!!!!!!!! Wow, the ignorance of the masses.

      Reza Ryklief - 2013-06-23 09:01

      Friend, I have no clue what you're talking about. Run a grammar check or something, please.

      leko.dada1 - 2013-06-23 11:23

      I tried running .now im thinking abt high jumping yo drama

  • Thulani Steven - 2013-06-23 05:57

    im going 2 laung my new political party too. economic freedom frauders (eff) only frauders are welcome

      Rocky Bell - 2013-06-23 09:02

      You'll have the most successful party of all time!!

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-06-23 06:03

    Previous vote they gave us Cope now Agang don't waste your time vote Dagga Party of South Africa.

  • leko.dada1 - 2013-06-23 06:05

    I see. im no longer allowed to comment here, mayb i fail to spell doubt? Or i dont sing along anti-anc chorus...

  • Edgar Mooi - 2013-06-23 06:06

    Bantu holomisa ,Musiwa lekota , now you.... , and malema isn't better 4 u people to be one,???? Maybe is den dat we as anc will feel de opposition ,,olso take Mrs Mazibuko she fail to choose the party to fight for the oppressed people ,,

  • Enos Sibiya - 2013-06-23 06:32

    eh new party, mara me i dnt trust this new parties, i thnk all us south africans we are corrupt, i thnk if the members of this party win elections, they wil 1st want to benifit b4, they can deliver,.

  • Yvonne Molefe - 2013-06-23 06:34

    Its better the devil you know than the devil you dont know.ANC will rule forever these political parties only want to have sits in parliament and its their duty to oppose.Viva ANC Viva

  • Blackhole_Sun - 2013-06-23 06:42

    Dumb a#s anc supporters.. Your lack of logic is shocking, but expected.

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-06-23 07:06

      @Blackhole a stupid person is a person who will judge others because they don't agree with him/her,everyone have got his/her own opinion and choices and you have to respect that if not you can jump into a nearest river.

  • Freddy Bester - 2013-06-23 06:43

    @leko The problem with your statement is that the word whites appears in it. That kind of colour based politics is dying and ANCient. My friend, their are only 3 000 000 whites in S.A. Some people are so concerned with the 3 m whites and what cars they drive, what work they have it blinds them to the fact that there are 55 000 000 people in S.A who need a party of integrity. You are part of a group that would rather vote for a party who oppress 3000000 at the expense of your other 55 000 000. Go vote anc so you sleep better at night knowing that us whites are oppressed. But in fact are oppressed by your blindness.

      Mmemme Mosete - 2013-06-23 07:26

      And unfortunately some people will remain blind loyalists even when they see and know that things are not getting any better for them.. It's more of doing the same thing over and over with the hope of getting a different result one day... some day...

      Chris Nel - 2013-06-23 14:59

      Wel said Freddy.

  • ronny.kaptein - 2013-06-23 06:51

    Nicely put. I'm colored by the way b4 cAncer supporters think im black.

  • ronny.kaptein - 2013-06-23 06:53

    I meant to say white

  • ronny.kaptein - 2013-06-23 06:54

    I meant to say white

  • Tuelo Pharasi - 2013-06-23 06:58

    oh i c Agang SA..Is predominantly in atleast we..ANC...are stil in the majority here...gudluck mem!!

  • Phil Johnson - 2013-06-23 06:58

    How long before agang members are brought up on fraud/corruption charges? As long as they use South Africans, it won't work. Get people from another country to help. Then maybe, just maybe, they'll get something good done in SA.

  • Jailes Jakobe - 2013-06-23 07:01

    its unfortunate that people become emotional & also want to achieve democratic politics like in the developed world i say its too early for that there need to be a change in mindset on everyone people are isolating themselves instead of coming together as a nation(race,tribe, class ,religion you name it) even a good government will fail if people dont change

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-06-23 07:10

    Freddy Bester....well said. 100%right.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2013-06-23 07:15

    The big question is which party's membership is Agang gonna eat into,is it gonna be those disgruntled black DA members who didn't want to go to the ANC or those dissatisfied COPE members or those from black consciousness movements or some of those anti-Zuma's in the ANC or is it gonna swallow UDM and COPE or is it gonna be one of those frost parties that disappear without any notice? Hence a big concern and panic by Mmusi Maimela!!!

      Rocky Bell - 2013-06-23 09:19

      “ those disgruntled black DA members........” Disgruntled with what????? Sweeping and generalising statements with no substance. I get the feeling staunch anc supporters are becoming like a cat on a hot tin roof. Your end is in sight – believe me.

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-06-23 07:15

    Jailes Jakobe what you say is true. But people are emotional because we are sick of lies. We want to see what Mandela want for SA. I am white and will vote for this new party. Just to see change.

  • @Tk.com_liberal - 2013-06-23 07:18

    Agang is more of a threat to DA more than ANC. Profile of voters more likely to vote for them is middle class. The lower class will continue to vote for ANC. No part is targeting the youth and born frees well enough.

  • Marhumbu Ya Vahlave - 2013-06-23 07:20

    Swa antswa atleast ma africa dzonga va na rito eka mafumelo ya xi democracy

  • Nossy Bore - 2013-06-23 07:38


      Rocky Bell - 2013-06-23 09:28

      Never say "FOREVER"

  • Madumetja April - 2013-06-23 07:44

    coalition on the space and i think is pre-planned anc won't know what hit them.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-06-23 07:58

    I like any party that is against the corrupt ANC government.

  • Michael Demesmaeker - 2013-06-23 08:13

    Boring! They're gonna come in just like COPE, all guns blazing then talk the talk and lose by millions of votes behind the ANC and DA. Its all too familiar...

  • Anthony Mhatlhe - 2013-06-23 08:36

    At least Agang SA was not build by disgruntled people.

  • Corrie Van Oudtshoorn - 2013-06-23 08:38

    If Agang does not take the have-nots along with the haves , and create hope for the have-nots, their birth would be in vain. The good doctor will have to be very clear on how she is going to address land reform issues and poverty (not vague policy statements ). Otherwise she is just another lime light seeking politician. Give us tangible , workable solutions that will not maim the middle class and ignore the poor.I do not wish to hope anymore but want to cast my vote with a "real" party.

      John Simelane - 2013-06-23 12:09

      so true Corrie

  • Angela Gilmour - 2013-06-23 08:52

    At the end of the day, it's votes that count, and if you can keep the electorate uneducated, they will continue to vote with their heart, not their head. If you can surround yourself with your mates, who have no interest in or any accountability to any constituencies, you have created a power base which is not serving the interests of the people. The ANC game play is using the present electoral system to their full advantage, and will continue to do so until such time as parliamentary seats result from constituents and not from ruling party dictates.

  • Mdu Vilakazi - 2013-06-23 09:52

    It's getting hot on the political front, read City Press - Kenny on the campaign trail. Agang will have to work very hard to fend off the EFF in the scramble for votes. Sushi at Union buildings flanked by Juju would be quite a formidable team.

  • Mduduzi Mthethwa - 2013-06-23 10:07

    Anything less than the anc will always remains less : look at this scenario-Pac broke away from anc today=0,ID broke away from pac today=0,ifp broke away from anc today=0,udm broke away from anc today=0,cope broke away from anc today=0. We once had something like DP and NP I believe they merged to form DA but still Anc rules. I can't say much about Agang but my guts is telling that it will come and go just like the rest. So people should relax Anc is here to stay. This is the 1912 organisational well tried and tested. We come too far people,its wasn't formed in board rooms. Yes I agree we still have a lot to do to fight unemployment,poverty,and corruption and the quality of education. Slowly but surely we getting there.

  • Adeline.vSon - 2013-06-23 10:11

    I like this woman!!

  • Semino George Aobakwe - 2013-06-23 10:29

    I am 100% behind Dr Ramphele because she's educated

      Mdu Vilakazi - 2013-06-23 13:27

      But ANC is laden with technocrats. They have a plethora of PhD holders with industry and academic experience as well as Medical Doctors. Will that sway your vote. If not, what then is/are the criteria for you to chose a party to vote for?

      Henning Venter - 2013-06-23 14:35

      Yes and was not in the ANC top ranks. She work for what she have.

  • Tusani Masoka - 2013-06-23 10:44

    When I'm voting next year I will make sure that I spoil my vote. I will vote 4 the sake of the ppl who died fighting to have the right to vote 4 all citizens I resent the ANC 4 the corruption "tendencies" within the party. I resent the da 4 calling ppl dumb,stupid,uneducated,morons if u disagree with it on this page. I resent agang bcoz experience has taught me not to trust politicians especially if u are poor. They will promise u the world but fail to deliver.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-23 12:34

      Tusani Masoka. Those of us who were in the struggle, sacrificed a lot so you can vote and have a say. By spoiling your vote, you are disrespecting what we did. Vote for another party instead. Agang may be a good alternative. Won't you consider them?.

  • Mvelo Nzuza - 2013-06-23 11:35

    If only Agang SA was led by a male.

      Mina Moo - 2013-06-23 12:21

      Why? This country has been led by men since our democracy was put in place (20 years)... ask yourself... what has IMPROVED? Nothing... it has gone backwards. You are venturing into very dangerous territory with sexist comments like that. Think before you speak.

      Henning Venter - 2013-06-23 14:38

      Why, I know ladies that can lead better than most men.

      Dee Bone - 2013-06-23 21:15

      what!! Why must it be a male?

  • Yolanda Mngcongela - 2013-06-23 11:54


  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-06-23 12:01

    My hope is growing.

  • Khanyo Ngwane - 2013-06-23 12:50

    Good luck Agang hope you'll survive the test of time. Pity coz your policies are no different from the ANC. Would you therefore be an alternative? Just asking

  • Dubula Dubula - 2013-06-23 13:51

    Funny, promises from these parties are the same, when Ramphele spoke sounded like a playback of ANC and DA. We are the greatest times of a political circus. One should just join one of them climb the ladder and earn good for shouting promises.

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-06-23 18:36

      spot on,nothing new you ask what is new.Hw is she going to achieve all that in 5years.Whats all the hype about.

  • Thabo Molefe - 2013-06-23 15:03

    I respect u mama & goodluck but i m gonna still vote 4 DA......