Ramphele: ANC treats voters like children

2012-11-14 15:17

Johannesburg - Former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele said the ANC treated voters like children, The Times reported on Wednesday.

"Come election time, it will appeal to you to vote for the party of Mandela, [it will] appeal to you to vote for the only liberation movement [and] appeal to you not to vote for the DA because they will take you back to apartheid," she was quoted as saying.

"It's almost treating you like children and, unfortunately, we don't have civic education - where people understand that it is not possible to be taken back to apartheid. If you are poor and uneducated, you wonder if it is not possible that it can happen again."

Ramphele, who is chairperson of Gold Fields, was speaking at the University of Cape Town's School of Business on Tuesday on the "Marikana Fallout".

According to the newspaper, Ramphele also spoke about the mining and grape-farm strikes in Western Cape, and the role of labour unions.

She said that, unless the unions evolved, they were committing "suicide".

The strikes leading up to Marikana showed workers' increased lack of faith in many trade unions.

Ramphele said South Africa needed to reinvent itself after the Marikana tragedy, but warned of "opportunists who are riding on the back of Marikana and agricultural labour problems".

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-14 15:22

    Small argument appeal to small minds. We need a good education system to help our population think broader.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-14 16:28

      Miners are paid enough to rent own accomodation, they are not special. Many workers with education earns less than uneducated miners.

      philip.venter1 - 2013-01-28 09:39

      People need to stop using logic and reasoning to try to get the votes of the citizens of South Africa. Those are foreign concepts to the masses. The answer is chicken, and threats of hell! If you want votes, hand out free chicken and tell people they going to go to hell if they don't!

  • nancy.ramos.3367174 - 2012-11-14 15:25

    clever woman and the only person that seems to make sense , we could use her in the DA

      morne.demeillon - 2012-11-14 15:36

      Agreed Nancy, Mamphela is a woman of stature. Im sure there will be plenty of educated ANC members crossing over to the DA soon. Only the corrupt and uneducated (mislead) will remain in the ANC.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-11-14 15:26

    Ramphele u r talking 100% Truth!!

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-14 15:36

    ANC not only mistreats citizens badly - it also talks with more than 14 official forked barbed poisonous tongues too. Add those to the "tripartheid from hell" mass of tongues and you really have a pit of vipers. WHERE ARE THE ZUMA TAPES?

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-11-14 15:43

    Although this woman is usually on point with her ANC criticism, how can she criticize the mines for the way they are run (she calls it a 19th century model)? She herself is chairman of Gold Fields and it baffles the mind.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-14 17:08

      And she must change it ALL by herself without the Board and the Shareholders having something to say? Your statement baffles the mind.......

      thabang.mnguni.528 - 2013-02-04 18:38

      U see there all da same

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-14 15:48

    Of course the ANC treats us like children but they have a hard time dealing with the people who know and forsee their every move. They are the children, because they believe that can fool us. Those in the current ANC are just a bunch of useless criminals. They think by stealing we wont notice, and when they are caught out they lie and deny. I have no respect for this current Government and it is just a matter of time when they are going to be the destroyers of this organization.

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-14 15:50

    What a good lady. Tons of respect fro her

  • shaun.c.porter - 2012-11-14 15:55

    Clever lady.

  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2012-11-14 16:02

    R - E - S - P - E - C - T !!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-14 16:03

    Hey @mamphela ramphela you know the ANC keeps on vilifying you because you speak the truth. From a struggle veteran to a villianous figure. Do not go up against the ANC they will slander you!!!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-27 22:39

      Truth is the only defence against slander, so I think she's safe., do you really believe one should not go up against the ANC? If the ANC is that spiteful, should they really be the ruling party?

  • peter.gugelmin - 2012-11-14 16:14

    Mamphela Ramphele, nice speech, but do you LBE? Or are you like Tutu, fancy words and when it comes to election time refrain from voting? A vote less does not matter, but a vote for the opposition does!

  • jaburonnie.jabu - 2012-11-14 16:20

    i think she must replace baleka mbethe be the chairperson of the anc this is what youth league they always spoke about radical leaders thank mama for speaking like a real mother of the anc

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-14 16:52

    But who is responsible for the voter's being stupid and voting for the ANC today , trashing everything the next day ? You get the government you deserve as society . The ignorant , uninformed majority will continually hand us to the ANC on a platter with votes .

  • jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-14 18:29

    Children ?. More like step-children from some Dickensian novel dressed up once every 4 years , fed a extra portion of gruel , allowed to hope for a future for a few short minutes then tossed back into the dirty reality of their existence while the bloated whiskey sodden 'governers' scoff and congratulate themselves on their accomplishment.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-14 22:39

    Ramphele for president! If she lead, I will follow!

  • jake.ko.71 - 2013-01-27 18:32

    Clever lady!!!!

  • zakhelezakes.shabangu - 2013-02-13 06:45

    I still remember article . . . . . . which allowed me to predict the formation of a new party

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2013-02-14 07:00

    Sounds like someone who respects people

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