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Mamphela Ramphele unveils political plans

2013-02-18 11:44

Johannesburg - Activist Mamphela Ramphele on Monday officially launched a new political party platform at a news conference in Johannesburg, promising to "build the country of our dreams".

The new party will be called Agang which is Sesotho for ‘build’.

Ramphele said the party will “declare war on corruption”.

Agang already has a website and twitter handle, and will contest the 2014 national elections.

Speaking at Women’s Gaol on Constitution Hill, Ramphele said “the country of our dreams has unfortunately faded”.

“The dream has faded for many living in poverty and destitution.”

Ramphele says on the website: “I am consulting widely with fellow South Africans on forming a party political platform with a view to contesting the 2014 elections.”

She hit out at alleged corruption in the governing party when she said: “The ANC's Chancellor House investment arm represents the most blatant example of how the governing party has abused the state to benefit its loyalists and to sustain itself in power.”

However, opposition parties have voiced displeasure at Ramphele’s plans. The Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko told AFP last week that she was wary of a new opposition party as it could fragment non-ANC voters and draw those mulling a turn to the DA.

- Full speech.

Comments
  • jackal666.daniel - 2013-02-18 11:47

    NICE!

      boerewors.braaivleis - 2013-02-18 11:52

      The more votes away from the ANC the better… It’s time for change and the time is in the next elections. You have my support Ramphele but I am still going to vote DA.

      tebo.go.5 - 2013-02-18 11:54

      I was hoping she doesnt start a new party but rather urges for a merge and creating one strong opposition party, I see no point in having a million opposition parties when all can become one and help fight the rulling party.

      chiefkeef.sosa.56 - 2013-02-18 11:58

      This party is not going anywhere... White people are not going to vote for it, black people wont relate to it. Grand opening , Grand Closing!!! I am giving it until December 2013

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-02-18 12:01

      Agang of thieves. Just the monied elite with nothing better to do. Self serving.

      JannieDeVos - 2013-02-18 12:01

      She is going to swallow the DA! I can only hope they come to some agreement to work together. That would be the best thing that can happen to this country. If not, I'm afraid it is only going to fragment the opposition.

      dee.shabalala - 2013-02-18 12:05

      This will just remove votes from DA and COPE, same old history about ANC detractors, it will weaken the opposition...........

      Pieterse.hc - 2013-02-18 12:08

      Just wiki voluntaryism beforehand please...

      nduna.omkwanilwa - 2013-02-18 12:17

      Their choice of the new party's name will definitely give her political rivals a field day. Watch this space.

      jake.ko.71 - 2013-02-18 12:23

      I just hope the word aGang does NOT subconsciously create more gang cultures in this violent SA...this word in this violent country might NOT be the best suited...(I know its Sesotho for build) but there's a lot of people thats not Sesotho that might found this word violent..if you see what I mean......thats all Im saying......but yes she has my vote...!!!

      alan.gernet - 2013-02-18 12:23

      Any party that is genuinely interested in SERVING the nation is welcome. Ay party that fights abuse of power and corruption is welcome!

      mapepaki - 2013-02-18 12:33

      If we want a strong party against the ANC we have got to vote DA, aGang will just draw votes from both parties not building a strong opposition. Use your heads everyone, don't be lulled into a multi party state. Always the new broom sweeps clean, and the promises fade and die. What are the chances for the whites in the next election same as the past 18 years AA. Come on guys think!

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2013-02-18 12:36

      In your dreams Vos, in your dreams.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-02-18 12:41

      @chiefkeef.sosa.56 - Personally I will strongly consider voting for it, I am sick and tired of a lot of the DA's policies, but the ANC are worse. It would be great to have some other options to consider...

      chiefkeef.sosa.56 - 2013-02-18 12:53

      @malcolm.james.macleod I am also on the same page with you, but how many people actually think like that? She is not taking anything from the ANC nor the DA, I might Vote for her but I have always been a freelancer when it comes to voting. My point is, there is a minority of people who are not party blinded in South Africa. Hence I am saying her party is not going anywhere, DA supporters will remain loyal to DA and ANC supporters will remain loyal to ANC. She might score from COPE, Neutral people and other small parties..which is very few people. People on the ground are not going to relate to this woman just like they couldnt relate to Thabo Mbeki

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-18 12:53

      Cant wait for the next coalition government, DA, AGANG, COPE and lesser parties to finally rid us of Ali Baba and his 40 inner circle thieves................

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-02-18 13:06

      @chiefkeef.sosa.56 - You are of course right to a large extent, however one must keep in mind that every country has it's extremists, usually they are in the minority but they are the most vocal so often people forget this. In the backgound there are still always the more sensible moderate people, as they are not as vocal it is often hard to see how many of them there are, but possibly more then you think. The only way to know for sure is to try, and there is certainly no harm in at least doing that, even if it fails in the end. I am by no means an optimist, on the contrary I'm often accused of being pessimistic and cynical, I'm not going to claim this is the salvation of our country, but I wouldn't entirely write it off just yet either. There is nothing to lose really, and if even the slightest bit of good can come from this then so be it! Perhaps they won't get a large part of the vote but maybe they will bring about some unity and civil conversation between moderate DA and ANC voters like you and me, where we can talk in a sensible way instead of being at each others throats. That in itself would be an accomplishment.

      Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2013-02-18 13:13

      Nice alternative to the NP infested DA

      Zohan.Steppingstone - 2013-02-18 13:31

      Another "struggle hero" looking for a place at the trough.

      Elisha - 2013-02-18 13:37

      @Mamphela Ramphele Why don't you join forces with the DA and get a party big and strong enough to dethrone this cANCer?!?!?!?! Think woman... think!!!!

      coenie.thiart.5 - 2013-02-18 14:57

      NICE! another circus

      gerrit.vanrooyen.37 - 2013-02-18 18:10

      Absolutely nothing will come of this. Young black people don't know her, old black people won't vote for her and the opposition parties actually want nothing to do with her because she has no political savviness.

      KUSTAMK - 2013-02-18 22:36

      I am afraid, scared and I am tired enough to do something to make sure that if this last attempt fails, my energy is exhausted. I won't lie DA had it right all this time but Zuma is just too smart for Hellen and spent too much time falling for his tricks, stuck under ANC's smelly armpits and she lost focus with us, the people. I just hope she does not do the same because I've never seen black and whites working together seeing a brighter future getting brighter. LETS SUPPORT HER at least shes a doc, unlike....

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-02-19 19:36

      Please make sure to add your contact details at www.agangsa.co.za if you want to get more news and views and opportunities to get involved. http://www.agangsa.co.za/ the agangsa.co.za domain is registered in the name of a non profit company called "Great Potential for South Africa". This company was registered with the Company and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on December 14 last year. Its directors, all of whom were appointed on the same day, are listed as Prince Mashele, Brutas Madala, Moeletsi Mbeki and Mamphela Ramphele. http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=358588&sn=Detail&pid=71616 LIKE AGANG SA FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfrica1994?ref=hl#!/pages/Agang-SA/167649693382253?fref=pb

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-20 09:23

      "The more votes away from the ANC the better…" But that is the problem, the ANC got a certain type of person voting for them and as long as they give out free t-shirts and chicken before elections, they will continue voting for the ANC. This will just be bad for the DA.

  • jack.shiels - 2013-02-18 11:48

    But will it eat at ANC votes or simply reroute current DA and COPE support?

      ben.nel2 - 2013-02-18 11:56

      Exactly Jack. We need some astute Monopoly players in the Opposition. There is no value in fighting with the smaller parties, you must take from the largest Player.

      wayne.faulds - 2013-02-18 12:15

      @jack.shiels - no doubt she will draw support away from both sides of the political spectrum. The question is "which party will be the biggest loser?" Judging from the content of her speach, she is particularly scathing on the ANC, effectively saying it has strayed off the path originally set. In the final analysis, i suspect she will draw middle and upper class moderates from the ANC support base and will draw others away from COPE and DA, but to a lesser extent. Far from further fracturing the opposition, i think that this will create a more credible "black" opposition that COPE. Either way, i suspect though that the ANC will be the biggest loser in this picture. Democracy is the real winner. Democracy

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-02-18 12:55

      Does it matter? Go and read the full speech. Inspiring words from a clearly well educated human being and a true leader.

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-02-18 13:57

      Maybe she was "deployed" by the ANC. She was an ANC activist.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2013-02-18 14:15

      Lets hope she splits support away from cancer

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:15

      She was never, ever an ANC activist. Her political pedigree runs along Black Consciousness (ergo utterly ANTI Freedom Charter) lines.

  • heinrich.spreeth - 2013-02-18 11:48

    I Like this!

  • donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 11:49

    Hi All Lets all "Agang" with Ms Ramphele!Viva Agang Viva!!! I am with you Ms Ramphele!

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:11

      Me too!! I'll definitely vote for this intelligent woman :)

      donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 12:41

      @Kortbroek No, its not about colour!The DA is not pragmatic enough for me!

      donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 13:35

      Come on guys lets go for 1000 likes!!! We CAN do it!!!

      stem.anc.1 - 2013-02-19 12:06

      There is no difference between the DA and the ANC.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-02-19 19:47

      ADD your contact details at www.agangsa.co.za if you want to get more news and views and opportunities to get involved. http://www.agangsa.co.za/ the agangsa.co.za domain is registered in the name of a non profit company called "Great Potential for South Africa". This company was registered with the Company and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on December 14 last year. Its directors, all of whom were appointed on the same day, are listed as Prince Mashele, Brutas Madala, Moeletsi Mbeki and Mamphela Ramphele. http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=358588&sn=Detail&pid=71616 LIKE AGANG SA FB PAGE https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfrica1994?ref=hl#!/pages/Agang-SA/167649693382253?fref=pb

  • Crracker - 2013-02-18 11:50

    Really a waste of everyone's time.

      jj.jeno.1 - 2013-02-18 12:05

      Why? Or are you happy with the current state of affairs and don't want change?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-02-20 09:31

      Crracker - you are making the same noises as the ANC. This is unfortunately for now the only alternative we have.

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-18 11:50

    Good! Yes I like this lady, but would like to hear her stance on the issues before you get my vote. Any resistance to cANCer is welcomed, those pigs have enriched themselves at the expense of the poor too many times. Can't call me racist now cANCer sheepies!

  • sandi.m.bradley.7 - 2013-02-18 11:50

    Great ideabut the name sounds a bit dodgey and gangster

      7thAstroboy - 2013-02-18 12:40

      Why? It's means "Build" in Sesotho.

      donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 12:42

      @Sandi Its going to shake the political scene!

      Xavier7034 - 2013-02-18 13:13

      Another take - The A Team?

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-18 16:04

      I will rather vote Sesotho than Zulu

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:16

      It means a gang in English.

      SarcasticMe - 2013-02-19 14:25

      lol yall are killing me

  • africa.favouiteson - 2013-02-18 11:50

    A waste of time; Ma; you are over qualified for petty politics... why not just use that to help build the nation instead of running a race you know you will not win in your life time...

      heinrich.spreeth - 2013-02-18 11:53

      And here I am thinking , SA politics can always do with more qualified people.

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:35

      Politicians should be forced to be qualified, in the field they wish to work in. Or do you think it's better than under qualified, inexperienced work in government? A scientist should be in the SciTech department, advocate/judge in the legal departments, engineers in Civil departments etc... eg. What is the point of having a person that excelled in woodwork doing the job of a lawyer?

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:17

      Qualified in what? A soft little BA in political science?

  • bantu.holomisa.5 - 2013-02-18 11:51

    Congrats! Welcome to the club!

      mkulisi.patso - 2013-02-18 12:36

      General how are things going for your party do you see your selves winning anything next elections.

      phillip.mvundura.5 - 2013-02-18 16:03

      My advice to General Bantu, is to way back yourself into ANC and fight from within, South Africans are not ready for 10+ opposition parties. The political competitiveness is still uneven. The more opp parties the less the competitiveness and the more the difficulty for any opp party to smell the reins of power. Fortunately there is still relative democracy in the ANC.

      langa.nyati - 2013-02-18 17:48

      Very nice of you Njengele to offer these kind words.

  • foxiloxi - 2013-02-18 11:51

    Awesome!! I hope that this lady will represent the black votes that do not want to go to the DA, those that still do not trust the DA to represent them... Nice news for SA.

      ivan.moor.9 - 2013-02-18 12:52

      Spot on, she will get the black "gatvol" vote that Zille cannot

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-18 16:06

      It's all good, better her/ AGANG than Zuma/ ANC

  • ramushu.thabo - 2013-02-18 11:51

    the enemy is unmasked

      FarmerJoe - 2013-02-18 11:55

      and he has a shower on his head

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:12

      Why must anything that opposes the ANC, be regarded as the enemy?

      compos.mentis.58 - 2013-02-18 12:19

      Enemy??? Tolerance... a whole new concept for you?

      trev2 - 2013-02-18 12:41

      Enemy? That displays a lack of understanding of democracy. Political parties are not enemies, they are just rivals in elections. We are all South Africans in the same boat together, and our enemy is poverty and corruption.

      ramushu.thabo - 2013-02-18 13:15

      My ANC, MY vision, My future, ANC leads, ANC lives. we are not shaken. Amandla comrades.

      SJ - 2013-02-18 14:42

      I agree. The auditor general has done this several times over the last few years and so has the courts. The ANC clearly is the enemy of us all and the children of the future, this has been proven beyond doubt.

  • Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 11:51

    Awesome!!! That scent of good fresh air when this Aunty speaks. I guess she wont even get 1 DA Vote although there are still way too many scared South Africans that wont vote DA Just yet. And you can be certain a blinded deaf bat can see the ANC is ruined its reputation, I say she will take many an ANC vote, The more the merrier, This ANC is a Brainless racist vehicle of self enrichment, Go for it Aunty ....

      chiefkeef.sosa.56 - 2013-02-18 12:00

      She will get Cope votes, she is not getting anything from ANC.

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 12:05

      Buddy, The ANC WILL lose more votes than it can count, This election we will be doubling up on stopping these scam election polls with these ANC cadres, It is impossible for JHB to have lost to the ANC, EVERYBODY STOOD AND VOTED DA, This time round we are all a bit smarter and more determined to clean up the mess !!!!

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:12

      How do you know chief? Are you a sangoma as well? Can you predict the future?

      chiefkeef.sosa.56 - 2013-02-18 12:16

      If ANC couldn't lose Votes to Cope ,forget it..Majority of Black people will not relate to this woman just like they did not relate to Thabo Mbeki. The people who might understand her, are the people that went to COPE.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-18 12:20

      @ Kali....are you some sort of tainted fortune teller ???

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 12:35

      Zap: I engage regularly with many people and I ask who will you vote for and I wrestle in some of my perspective and I call it sowing seeds.. You see, I dont believe a couple of thieves can rule SA much longer.. Its going to take a a multi racial stand and I feel it, I expect it :) So no dude, Im no dodgy witch doctor just a citizen that aint swotting flies of my face just yet

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2013-02-18 12:40

      Well your really have the wrong end of the stick with quotes such as ""This ANC is a Brainless racist vehicle of self enrichment"" Seems your perspective is deluded in hatred. The ANC is much more than the current crop of leaders.......is it possible for you to comprehend this simple fact ???

      dorcas.magagula.5 - 2013-02-18 12:47

      She got me and im from ANC!!!

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 13:07

      Brainless: creating racial divides which leaves us powerless against rising costs, we need to stand firmly together, This rapid transport blah blah blah in JHB?? Made a few fat cats rich and improved our transport ZERO % Gautrain in my opinion once again enriched very few and way too expensive not for the poor and what a flop We can afford these guys to rule anymore, Rather you take over, Il Vote for you, But enough with the pirates already Enough With Zuma Sparrow, The Pirate from KZN

      DSBennie - 2013-02-18 13:13

      @Kalibanache: "Buddy, The ANC WILL lose more votes than it can count" need to reword that stament I think they will loose way more than 5 votes

      maria.roth.589 - 2013-02-18 14:05

      Silly racist chatter. Lets see her manifesto first. Then we will decide. You would look silly if you voted for her and she walks over to the ANC with all your votes after the election.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-02-19 19:48

      ADD your contact details at www.agangsa.co.za if you want to get more news and views and opportunities to get involved. http://www.agangsa.co.za/ the agangsa.co.za domain is registered in the name of a non profit company called "Great Potential for South Africa". This company was registered with the Company and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on December 14 last year. Its directors, all of whom were appointed on the same day, are listed as Prince Mashele, Brutas Madala, Moeletsi Mbeki and Mamphela Ramphele. http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=358588&sn=Detail&pid=71616 LIKE AGANG SA FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfrica1994?ref=hl#!/pages/Agang-SA/167649693382253?fref=pb

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2013-02-18 11:53

    In principle this is a good idea, but I think S.A. has far to many politcal parties as it is.

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:13

      Those small ones, like the ACDP and FF are just a waste of time.

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-02-18 12:25

      Look at this, it is unheard of. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_South_Africa

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-02-18 12:47

      I diasgree, we actually have far too few. (Once you discard all the racial, special purpose and religious ones - all of which have no business actually existing.) When it comes to actual 'real' parties representing actual 'ideologies' we have basically only two parties, both of which are more similar to one another (apart from the corruption) than people care to admit. More real parties? Yes please!

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:22

      Few ideologies are more polar-opposite than socialist/communists versus liberal/capitalists. To claim they are "similar to one another" is as dumb as saying a cat and a crocodile are similar to one another (sharp teeth, four legs)

  • pushocapture.maake - 2013-02-18 11:53

    interesting

  • osmaseko - 2013-02-18 11:54

    This is the fall of the DA. Watch the space

      heinrich.spreeth - 2013-02-18 11:58

      Since the ANC has a far greater chunk of the votes I would rather expect this to be the fall or at least diminishing of the ANC.

      FarmerJoe - 2013-02-18 12:00

      why? using your cANCer logic Blacks won't vote for a white lady, so why would whites vote for a Black Lady. the reason she is starting her own party is because cANCer has fallen

      ann.padoa - 2013-02-18 12:02

      Don't count on it.

      charlietlo - 2013-02-18 12:07

      I would rather say the fall of anc as many people who wanted change but were "afraid" of voting for DA will now join AGANG

      osmaseko - 2013-02-18 12:07

      The man on the street doesn't know who she is. Their loyalty is with the ANC. The middle class and those who are educated know who she is. Therefore she will get votes from that electorate and take votes from the opposition parties and she can count on whites to vote for her as they trust her.

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:17

      Another fortune teller... cool :) You guys should start a club...

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-02-18 12:26

      Even if you are right, it is STILL bad news for the ANC. Because then that would make HER the official opposition and I bet she will get a lot more interest then as well from all those people who do not want to vote for the ANC but also not for the DA. So yes, watch this space...

      david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-18 12:52

      Who s side are you on anyway. Would you like the ANC to still Govern. ? ?

      godfried.kruger.9 - 2013-02-19 16:55

      Omaseko,Agree, If I was the DA then I would be more worried than they appear to be.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-02-19 19:51

      ADD your contact details at www.agangsa.co.za if you want to get more news and views and opportunities to get involved. http://www.agangsa.co.za/ the agangsa.co.za domain is registered in the name of a non profit company called "Great Potential for South Africa". This company was registered with the Company and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on December 14 last year. Its directors, all of whom were appointed on the same day, are listed as Prince Mashele, Brutas Madala, Moeletsi Mbeki and Mamphela Ramphele. http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=358588&sn=Detail&pid=71616 LIKE 'AGANG SA' FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfrica1994?ref=hl#!/pages/Agang-SA/167649693382253?fref=pb

  • faizel.mahomed.7 - 2013-02-18 11:54

    She should change that name: "A - GANG"?? Really? - We have enough of those

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-02-18 13:46

      This is another reflection of the arrogance of the section of our population who believes English is the supreme language, and everything else should be looked at from that angle. This is "AGANG", not "A GANG". Time to learn that there are other official languages other than English that need to be learned by the ignorant and arrogant fellows.

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:36

      It's arrogant to foist a minority language (Sotho) on all non-Sothos, especially when it has such potent negative connotations in the main language of parliament and the national and international lingua franca, English.

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-02-19 16:40

      Goerge you seem to truly associate with and are very proud of your colonial roots, because it is a legacy of that cruel history that English is a dominant language, but like anything else, that will come to an end at some stage. If your English couldn't usurp indigenous languages in Countries in Asia and eastern Europe, then your theory only serves as a stereotype to you. Remember that China is the second and soon-to-be the biggest economy in the world, I wonder why your England is not the one to occupy that space with its "powerful" English. Come out of your slumberland moron!

  • commentator.commentator - 2013-02-18 11:55

    A Gang? Don't we already have one in power? Waste of time!!!

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2013-02-18 11:57

    Long overdue. where do we join?

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:18

      Did you join the Citizens Movement? :)

  • Hasani P - 2013-02-18 11:57

    What people need is a visionary politician who can inspire the youth of South Africa , unite the already polarized society, and provide solutions to education, health, economy and the growing political intolerance that be set our new born democracy. A leader who can accelerate social and economic cohesion across colour line. Unemployment breeds corruption as it feeds on those who are economic vulnerable, who do nt have Acess to opportunities

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:20

      ^ Truth

      stevie0064 - 2013-02-18 12:43

      @Hasani P I disagree. A good (or bad) leader is transient and temporary. Of what use is a effective leader if the system that they operate within is fundamentally ineffective? What you say about the problems our democracy is true, if a little non-specific. However, I believe that these stem from a flawed system as much as from its flawed administrators. It is only Agang's vision of what needs to change in SA that will get my attention, and yes, that means I effectively do not care who Ramphele is or what her 'struggle credentials' are. It's what her party stands for that matters. Furthermore, I will ignore all the "we declare war on corruption" rhetoric as well. It may sway the emotional vote but until I see how that translates into policy, it's just words.

      donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 13:14

      @Hasani Becxome part of that change-don't wait until the horse has bolted!

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:40

      If she's visionary, what -- pray tell -- is her vision? Being opposed to the ANC isn't enough of a vision. It's not good enough of a vision just to be walking AWAY from something; it's necessary to be walking TOWARDS something. What might that be? (Beyond the usual empty platitudes)

  • ericanbarker - 2013-02-18 11:58

    well its about freakin time....good luck!!

  • PeterJohn - 2013-02-18 11:58

    I'm thrilled! It shows that we still have a stimulated political environment in South Africa. ANY challenge to the ANC is a worthwhile cause, however, I would be concerned that support won't muster sufficient a challenge. Perhaps the strategy is to build a strong party - then merge with a DA or COPE - but here's a thought, why not merge all 3? Democracy in coalition could be argued to be TRUE democracy anyway - it keeps power split and does not allow for autocracy. Just a thought...but in any event, well done.

      stevie0064 - 2013-02-18 12:47

      The ruling party is also a coalition of sorts, and is now closer to an autocracy than a true democracy... (in my opinion, of course)

  • dlayani.tivani - 2013-02-18 11:59

    I will Vote fo yo Party Mam as long as yu stop corrupt officials from joining yo Party.

  • mikeallen.za - 2013-02-18 11:59

    based on education alone she's already more qualified than 99% of our current "government"

  • adam.partis - 2013-02-18 11:59

    She has my vote!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-18 11:59

    She's got my blessings.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-18 12:12

      Hell if she could get rid of showerhead and his gang I would vote for her

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:41

      Why?

  • johan.vandervyver.31 - 2013-02-18 12:01

    Do we need another gang? We already have the ANC! She should call it 'nogagang'

  • matsutle.aphane - 2013-02-18 12:01

    can she bring HOPE,, to this hopeless country,,,?

      magatikele.magatikele - 2013-02-18 14:08

      you are right. She is a true leader

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-19 10:42

      No. Not without a decent and practical policy plan.

  • antonofafrica - 2013-02-18 12:01

    I wish you the best Madam!

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-02-18 12:02

    Good luck lady,you are assured of 'elite/middle class votes. Please just revisit the name

      donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 13:40

      The name is meant to inspire- every name has its problems!Look at Harper-does that mean you just "harp on and on"

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-02-18 14:02

      Lebeau, or rather Libia, your idiocy, ignorance and belittling of the Sotho language doesn't stop to amaze me. Is there nothing else you can say about this Agang other than blatantly attacking it for its Sotho roots. You have a right to stick with English named Parties if that is what is appealing to you, including the ANC.

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-02-19 16:02

      Goerge it is because of the arrival of your uninvited, inhumane, cruel and heartless forefatherhood of yours who left remnants like yourself that I find myself stuck with this colonial name. Your ignorance of the brutality caused to us by your racist and colonial ancestory is mind boggling.

  • abigail.fourie - 2013-02-18 12:02

    Shh Lindiwe... You can't have monopoly on Opposition....

  • dee.shabalala - 2013-02-18 12:02

    Wha a choice of the name for the party, see the jokes it falls by putting a space after the first A lol......

  • thabo.manganye - 2013-02-18 12:03

    A gang( new gang of corrupt people in the house)

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-18 12:19

      What's WRONG with you? How DARE you proclaim such nonsense without giving the lady a chance? I hope you never apply for a job with MY company. We'll throw your CV out before evening LOOKING at you.

  • siyabonga.seme - 2013-02-18 12:03

    What a JOKE!

      FarmerJoe - 2013-02-18 12:05

      JZ walks into a university?

      foxiloxi - 2013-02-18 12:10

      Heres another: The current government not corrupt?

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:21

      JZ thinks?

      makhanthisa.mastert - 2013-02-18 23:52

      Julias just bought a seaview house in CPT

  • stephan.vanheerden.927 - 2013-02-18 12:05

    This is good for all SA'ns. Love it, ANC not indestructable, about time they get strong opposition.

  • mongwadi - 2013-02-18 12:05

    Only Malema and Zuma can come up with that name, what a dissapointing start.....Good luck though

      patrick.mampane - 2013-02-18 12:23

      Sounds like a name one would give to a creche down the street. I am disappointed.

  • lufuno.l.mbambala - 2013-02-18 12:06

    Why doesn't she just join DA???? If all these small political parties joined DA, ANC can lose power very easy. The problem is that there's too many parties because people are greedy and everyone wants to be BOSS!!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-18 12:21

      Hang on, hang on. COALITIONS are better. Because then each party RETAINS its identity and voter base without sacrifising something it doesn't want to. So everybody wins!

      Brad - 2013-02-18 12:25

      Lufuno...you speak too much sense.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2013-02-18 12:40

      I am awaiting too see her stance on violent crime,rapes,illegal immigration,drugs etc. If this lady is gonna be tough on these issues and not mince her words than why not????pity she had to choose a name only one language group can relate to though but am keeping fingers crossed.

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-02-18 14:12

      Because she doesn't want to be an opposition to the ANC, but rather an alternative that will wrestle power from the ruling Party. She also understands why the DA cannot get the votes from the black majority as it represents white interests, that is why it couldn't amass more than 20% of the vote in the previous election.

      Alexandra - 2013-02-18 20:16

      She's already stated that what current parties are offering the electorate, she doesnt agree with. The most glaring example is the nation voting for individuals, as opposed to parties. None of the opposition parties have put that on the table.

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-02-19 15:48

      Goerge, you are probably one of the ANC retards who always resort to character assasination instead of engaging in the content of the discussion. Just to help you fill your hairy empty shell, tell me one part of my comment that fits your despicable comment.

  • lydonmcg - 2013-02-18 12:07

    A potentially exciting change in the local political space. It would be amazing if she partnered with current opposition parties so as to ensure that the opposition isn't fragmented and that more votes are attracted away from the ANC.

  • simakoko - 2013-02-18 12:07

    OK 2014 is an election year I must choose between ANC and DA this »Agang« thing its a waste

      stevie0064 - 2013-02-18 12:52

      More specifically a general election. Nothing is stopping you from voting for a different party or for an independent at local and provincial level.

  • tebogo.e.shai - 2013-02-18 12:07

    viva agang viva

      charlietlo - 2013-02-18 12:12

      viva

  • vicki.malatse - 2013-02-18 12:08

    Where can we get the membership forms

      donald.perumal - 2013-02-18 13:44

      Visit the site Agang South Africa and sign up!

  • wayne.faulds - 2013-02-18 12:08

    Watched the speach. Deeply impressive.

  • randy.kruger.16 - 2013-02-18 12:10

    Welcome!

  • anathi.matika - 2013-02-18 12:10

    Gangnam Style...

      owen.guy.142 - 2013-02-18 12:25

      Hahaha!!! Agang-nam Style ^_^

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-18 12:11

    I must say I think she could have chosen another name. This one doesn't prickle my senses.

  • bhekisd - 2013-02-18 12:11

    Finally, the hope for a better SA is reignited!

  • Rampant - 2013-02-18 12:11

    If Ramphele really cares for this country as she professes, than she should be working with the DA and Cope and form one strong opposition party NOT try to divide the opposition.This action will bode well, that is, if these politicians REALLY CARE for the people and South Africa.Forget personality and build on what the opposition already have.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-18 12:23

      COALITIONS cannot divide the opposition. It's high time politics in this country grow up. COALITIONS make parties work HARDER and BETTER so you and I benefit. Plus, the ones who share a vision and at least a majority of their policy objectives, will stand together in parliament, achieving the very effect of a single party without giving up either party's own identity. This is a GOOD thing!

      William Mohlolo - 2013-02-18 12:24

      Coalition won't work because those parties have different views from what she has in mind. Both Da and Cope just make noise less actions. They don't show us what they can offer the nation, all they do is blame and finding wrongs . Not wrong but when are they goin to focus on people on ground? Only during election time. Let her stand alone and bring some new ideas not ideas we already know from cope and Da.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-18 13:51

      That's the thing about coalitions. You don't have to agree on EVERYTHING. Plus, go check out her website. All her policies are DECENT. And they look MUCH like the DA's, COPE's, and a few others', and look totally DIFFERENT from the ANC's. That's all that matters.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-02-18 13:52

      And as for not showing you what they can do (the DA) - how CAN they if you don't PUT THEM TO THE TEST? Vote them in and hold them accountable. Problem solved.

  • neville.watson.31 - 2013-02-18 12:12

    Even the so called rich are crying out for a change. Good luck.

  • neo.tshepe - 2013-02-18 12:12

    ill vote for u Dr

  • William Mohlolo - 2013-02-18 12:13

    Time to revive and unite our country. Anc fought for the country and we are proud of that but they are failing the nation with corruption, lack of service deliveries, not listening to people, false promises and fail to show us where the country is heading. We need actions not promises till we die. We need a party that will change lives of all citizens not only certain people so, DA too like Anc not right party for people who need real change in this country. Bring that change we need as a country Dr Ramphele.

  • Flippncool - 2013-02-18 12:13

    Hmmm. "Agang" will no doubt be teased as "A gang". Let's just hope there won't be any reason to reference it as such in future.