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Ramphele: I will speak for myself

2013-01-29 17:01

Johannesburg - Former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele said on Tuesday she would herself announce if she was going to start a political party.

"I have always been clear in articulating my views on matters of public importance, and will speak on my own behalf about any decisions I might take about my future engagements," she said in a statement.

She said she had "noted" reports that she intended forming a political party.

"I would like to place on record that I have been having conversations with South Africans from all walks of life about the state of democracy in SA," Ramphele said.

"These conversations are in line with the national dialogue I am seeking to promote through my latest book, Conversations with my Sons and Daughters."

Sunday's Rapport newspaper reported that on a recent visit to America Ramphele said she was collecting money for a political party and was "entering politics to save her country".

She also rallied support from ambassadors.

Ambassador to Argentina and former DA leader Tony Leon said two people at Ramphele's meetings in America had confirmed this, he told the City Press.

DA leader Helen Zille tried to get Ramphele to join her party last year, but she declined and formed the Citizens' Movement, a non-governmental organisation.

According to the report, Ramphele thought stronger opposition was needed after President Jacob Zuma was re-elected ANC president at the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Comments
  • mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-29 17:25

    Come, Ramphele. Kom on lei. Opposition politics is going to the dogs!

      andres.dewet - 2013-01-30 09:01

      So is ruling party politics. We need stronger opposition in general to balance power in this country. Regardless if it's ANC, DA, COPE or the Ramphele-Party - political hegemony is bad, as absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • veldt66 - 2013-01-29 17:25

    She sounds very smart & uses articulate language compared to others

      classwar.trotsky - 2013-01-29 17:31

      Lexical resources are superficial.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:32

      Just because she is educated, not another product of textbooks non delivery.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-30 00:01

      She is very smart, veldt66 and she was educated before the country dumbed down, qualifying as a doctor (medical) in or around '72 and she didn't stop there.

  • classwar.trotsky - 2013-01-29 17:30

    COPE redux.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:24

      Exactly my point.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:52

      Exactly my point.

  • kev47 - 2013-01-29 17:30

    Keep it up Ma'am. Your voice of reason and credentials is what this country now needs.

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-01-29 17:31

    'I will speak for my self' this means 'when i start my party soon i will tell you' welcome to politics Ramphele, here media people know what you are planning to do before you even tell anyone, how? i dont know. As Zuma and other politicians.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-01-29 17:43

    You will have my vote and my next of kin. Those who are scared of the food u might take out of their mouth, have started running scared. You will balance the landscape of politics and built a home for the homeless to cast their vote. Please come on board.

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-01-29 17:45

    Please don't disappoint us Doc cause you're the only suitable saviour with no baggage who can bring some sanity to our political landscape!!!

  • samuel.mphela - 2013-01-29 17:49

    Hmmmm! Interesting. I've just read an article on The Guardian about this, and Tony Leon doesn't think she is popular enough to woo in votes from and create a significant challenge to both the ruling and the opposition party. Me, I'm glad somebody is stepping up to the task. We need a revolution, clearly.

  • mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-29 17:52

    We need an alternative to Zille's antics. Come, Ramphele.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:14

      COPE tried and dismally failed. I wonder on what percentage are they sitting on now.

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-29 19:28

      Yes, they were formed out of anger - COPE was. No wonder they failed.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:54

      COPE tried and dismally failed. I wonder on what percentage are they sitting on now.

      andres.dewet - 2013-01-30 09:06

      So much criticism of Zille and none for Zuma? Is Zille building an Nkandla we don't know about?

  • semonatenate - 2013-01-29 17:55

    2014 is near Mamphela , hurry up , makeup your mind while it is still fresh in our mind. I bet you, THEY are searching for your dirty linen as I'm writing this.

  • maphumas.van.ramothopo - 2013-01-29 18:10

    Go on Sister,pity u r not popular.Take Malema on board maybe he can bring u real voters(I mean people on the street)

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-29 18:25

      Most of those cannot even make a X when needed. Please.

      john.butler.79827 - 2013-01-29 18:34

      It's kinda sad how the girlfriend of Steve Biko is not considered popular, especially when a corrupt murderer like Winnie Mandela is considered an icon.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-29 20:36

      Being an academic who values educated minds, she is likely to order Jujuboy to first go and pass his woodwork :)

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-30 00:04

      Not just his girlfriend, john.butler.79827, she gave him two children, I think.

  • mfaniseni.thusi - 2013-01-29 18:14

    Another excitement of a new party, SA will end up with many fly by nite parties. Just wait and see every politician who disagrees with the party finds it easy to form another one. Very discouraging.

      john.butler.79827 - 2013-01-29 18:44

      It's known as democracy, a concept that's not really understood by the ANC or their supporters.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:10

      I tend to agree with you, Mfaniseni. Who can forget pomp and song when COPE was formed? Very big on promise and found wanting on delivery. I guess right now we only know COPE about squabbles and court appearances.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-01-29 19:55

      I tend to agree with you, Mfaniseni. Who can forget pomp and song when COPE was formed? Very big on promise and found wanting on delivery. I guess right now we only know COPE about squabbles and court appearances.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-30 00:06

      COPE short on delivery? Agreed, but at least they can string two sentences together and make sense. What about the ANC's delivery, siphom.mnguni?

  • johan.syffert - 2013-01-29 18:29

    Wow, how original to start a political party in south africa! Just what we needed! You go girl!!!

  • mlimiliba.siqendu - 2013-01-29 18:39

    How known is Ms Ramphele outside the academic circles? I bet not that much. I don't know whether she is still practising or retired. But I believe she wants another feather to the cap by joining the dog eat dog world of political leaders. There is also something which is called beating the odds and I believe again that she is banking on that. But she surely knows that not all of us can be rocket scientists and she must learn to live with that. Again there is nothing wrong with aspiring for some higher office but to be at the helm of a country is something which is for a select few. And they have a steely resolve which I doubt she has.

      john.butler.79827 - 2013-01-29 18:51

      Steely? Don't you mean STEAL, that's more like our current leader. Anyway I'm guessing she's getting into politics because she is tired if the ANC ruining this country

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-29 20:03

      John.Butler - the ANC and DA, both. Two participants in the same circus.

      misstee.langhein - 2013-01-30 16:26

      In your words MLIMILIBA "...to be at the helm of a country is something which is for a select few"... Now please explain to me how the hell Zuma came in to "run" our country...because if only people like him are the "select" few to run SA then we are F@#KED!! What does he have again, a Std 3?? At least this woman is doing something, trying to make a difference AND has an education! Who knows there might be some hope if she is who she makes out to be, only time will tell i geuss...

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-01-29 18:44

    Ramphele couldn't join Helen in the DA because there is only enough room for one madam there. Just ask Patsy de Lille.

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-29 19:30

      Or better yet, as Lee-ndee-way.

  • seun.mogotji - 2013-01-29 20:12

    You will have my vote and my next of kin. Those who are scared of the food u might take out of their mouth, have started running scared. You will balance the landscape of politics and built a home for the homeless to cast their vote. Please come on board join Bolsheviks Party of South Africa.

  • rory.n.price - 2013-01-29 20:21

    Just hope Jayzee, not there you could be wife 6, or 7, lost count sorry

  • donald.perumal - 2013-01-29 20:27

    @ Mamphela Ramphele I eagerly await your announcement so that I can register as a volunteer for your party.Forward to a true Democracy! Viva Comrade Mamphela Ramphele Viva!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-29 20:28

    Wena Sipho I wouldnt bother myself with such!!

  • cialb - 2013-01-29 21:10

    Please God that she goes ahead with this!

  • adrian.vanwyk.9 - 2013-01-29 22:26

    Mamphela Ramphele is someone who will put South Africa first,please people I wish that all people can stop working against one another,stop seeing race, sociable standings, and different political parties and agendas, we need true leaders that can see past all this like Mandela did. I believe Mamphela Ramphele can be the next great leader to take South Africa forward for all South africans.

  • mfaniseni.thusi - 2013-01-30 00:47

    @John.Butler.79827 Democracy is not based on breakaways and free for all politics it is based on ideologies of intellectuals and scholars coming together not individuals who are opportunist. Democracy is not based on hatred but on principles and policies. Ramphele is a junior officer when it comes to our politics just like Mazillebuko. So please do your home work and read about ANC. If you check the G8 countries they have three to four parties nothing more. We complain endlessly about taxpayers money being wasted and yet when somebody wants to form a new party we get excited whose money is going to finance these mushrooming parties? We are a bunch of hypocrites. Lets try to build our nation and stop running around like hamsters.

  • dlayani.tivani - 2013-01-30 08:44

    I will join yo Party mam as long as u stop ANC criminal en corrupt officials from coming to your Party!

  • Msentres - 2013-02-12 13:46

    it seems lyk women have become more brave than men.

  • samuel.misemengo - 2013-02-13 06:13

    I think I am falling in love with this Aunty (Mama Ramphele) without even knowing her name... I am no naive neither stupid but this is a drop of rain in a so much dried up desert... this could just be Our Deborah Prophetess to save this Nation from going down to the gutters... I will proudly sweep her office. It could be that Heavens decided putting on their top list priorities our cries and frustrations... Dankie Here. Ndiyabulela Murena Jesu. This is sit...!!! My humble advice to the opposition; you need to unite... do not compete... the ANC is a giant beast... no one can take on alone... !!!

  • amasango - 2013-02-13 13:27

    What caused COPE's down fall is it's leadership that was dooing what Helen Zile is doing (trying o lobe votes on ANC's expence), so this extraordinary woman have nothing against the ruling party. All she has in mind is to challenge the rulling party so they can pull up their game. Re-electing Zuma was a sign that ANC has no potential members who are or can be able to lead this country.... Just have a look at the gap between middle classed and rich people? It's really bad.

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