Alternative needed - Agang supporters

2013-06-22 16:16
Mamphela Ramphele takes to the stage at the launch of her political party, Agang SA, in Pretoria. (Agang SA, Twitter)

Mamphela Ramphele takes to the stage at the launch of her political party, Agang SA, in Pretoria. (Agang SA, Twitter)

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Pretoria - South Africa needs an alternative to the current government, supporters at Agang SA's launch said on Saturday.

"I feel like South Africa has changed, we need an alternative," Phula Seooe, 31, from Randburg said.

"The current government is too corrupt and rotten."

Seooe said he used to support the African National Congress but stopped a while ago.

He said Agang SA, led by Mamphela Ramphele, resonated with the thinking South Africans.

Hope Mgobhozi, 48, and her daughter Mbali, 22, from Soweto, echoed Seooe's sentiments saying change was needed.

Both were ANC supporters but would vote differently in the 2014 elections.


Ramphele was launching her political party at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria west on Saturday.

Christoph, a Swiss national who has dual citizenship and has been living in South African for 16 years, said he signed up as a member and volunteer for Agang.

He said he had been following Ramphele for a number of years, had read all her books and had met her before through his adopted son.

"I told her we [South Africa] need her... She argued that she was working as a citizen and not in politics... Now she did it," Christoph said.

"There is no question about it, I will follow her."

He said Ramphele could be the country's next president.

Piotr Hippner, 29, from Johannesburg, said it was interesting to see the birth of a new political party.

He heard about Agang through a friend and decided to come to the launch.

"It's interesting... seeing something new," said Hippner.

"I'm curious to see when they come out with policies."

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