Ramphele quits party politics

2014-07-08 15:11

Johannesburg - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has decided to leave politics, she announced on Tuesday.

"I have decided to leave party politics and return to working alongside my fellow citizens in civil society to pursue the dream of transforming ours into a more just and prosperous society," Ramphele said in a statement.

"I will therefore be leaving party politics, having accomplished my aim of creating a political vehicle to enable those who remain outside the political mainstream to have a voice."

She said those who took Agang SA forward must continue to strengthen and build the party.

"As to my future contribution, as the months have passed by after the election in May, I have become increasingly convinced that my experience and knowledge is best utilised to help build an empowered and aware citizenry.

"I return to civil society to continue to pursue the idealism that has driven me all my life as an active citizen," she said.

"I remain convinced that working more intensely with young people and women, who are the majority populations, will yield the best outcomes for our beloved country."


Ramphele's decision to leave politics takes place at a time when Agang SA has been divided, as a faction tried to wrestle the leadership of the party from her.

One faction held a national executive committee meeting in Alexandra at the end of June where it was decided that Ramphele was not fit for the position.

The group adopted a motion of no-confidence in her leadership and questioned her leadership style.

She was subsequently suspended, but a group supporting Ramphele retaliated by expelling those who attended the meeting.

This followed in the wake of Ramphele and Agang SA chair Mike Tshishonga lodging separate fraud cases with police over a bank account opened to receive a refund from the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), believed to be around R200 000.

The New Age newspaper had reported Tshishonga accused Ramphele of having direct access to party funds, and that she opened the account to access the IEC deposit without a mandate from the party.

Tshishonga claimed his signature appeared on the bank account's paperwork without his knowledge.

In the 7 May general elections, Agang SA received 52 350 votes, 0.28% of the 18 654 771 votes cast, which earned it two seats in Parliament.


In early 2014, the Democratic Alliance announced that Ramphele would stand as its presidential candidate. Within a week, however, the partnership collapsed.

Ramphele and DA leader Helen Zille gave conflicting reasons for their political break-up.

Zille said it would have been impossible to meet Ramphele's demand that she simultaneously lead Agang SA and be the DA's presidential candidate. She described Ramphele's proposal as "electoral nonsense", "unconstitutional" and confusing to voters.

Ramphele said: "Some cannot or will not transcend party politics. The time for this was not right. We see people trapped in old-style race-based politics."

She said the technicalities of the merger were not ironed out properly.

  • Beaulah Fortuin - 2014-07-08 15:16

    She created the vehicle but it doesn't have any petrol to move forward, best to store it in the garage till kingdom comes.

      Ngqukuva Mthombo - 2014-07-08 16:49

      Well said Mthombos.

      NickvanGraan - 2014-07-08 17:02

      Those words from Ramphele are just wishful thinking. In reality it is a parting shot in an attempt to protect her credibility. Rhetoric at best.

  • Aubrey Pienaar - 2014-07-08 15:17

    Sure life your lavish lifestyle...

      iNJBL - 2014-07-08 15:26

      Too lazy to type the word "she" ?

      Jacobus Scheepers - 2014-07-09 12:49

      Elon, nobody will take you seriously if you can't take the time write a proper sentence.

  • Shaun Hoddy - 2014-07-08 15:17

    What a joke , stuff it up and then act like you are changing direction . You should be embarrassed with your short and stupid political career .

  • Lee Young - 2014-07-08 15:17

    Good riddance Mam... I hope this is not part of your confusions.

  • Fikile Nozombile - 2014-07-08 15:17

    She is too old for politics, she must open a creche just to entertain kids.

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2014-07-08 15:17

    Good riddance,she has been a square peg in a round hole,she must jst go an open a creche to take care of our kids,maybe she will do better,politics r not for the faint hearted

  • merkwaardig - 2014-07-08 15:18

    Thanks for nothing...

      Bheki Dladla - 2014-07-08 15:33

      more like thanks for going

  • rowan.louw.5 - 2014-07-08 15:19

    Welcome to the real world. May you enjoy poor service delivery and suffering with the rest of the south africans :-)

      Wally Cleaver - 2014-07-08 15:35

      She's worth R55million dude....

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-07-08 15:19

    It's official, Ramphele is CONFUSED.

      Bheki Dladla - 2014-07-08 15:46

      ya this confirms our first suspicions of her. Good riddance!!

  • Antonio Bandarass - 2014-07-08 15:19

    she destroyed the party ,& now shes running away...

  • rowan.louw.5 - 2014-07-08 15:20

    Welcome to real world... May you enjoy poor service delivery and suffering with the rest of the south africans :-)

  • Bhekisisa Shezi - 2014-07-08 15:20

    What was she thinking after all shame,most of them thought,when angry,they can bit ANC

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2014-07-08 15:24

    She committed political suicide when she agreed to be the face of the Da before elections, after that she's been nothing but a walking political ghost. Surely nobody will miss her. Byooo, Zille will follow very soon.

  • Melony Brits - 2014-07-08 15:27

    Wow and to think this person was put forward as a potential presidential candidate. What a flake!

  • Vusi Mazibuko - 2014-07-08 15:29

    We told this magogo that politics is not only about JZ and Nkandla and e-tolls ,she didn't listen now she is quitting. She must never ever say anything political in future because she failed dismally in that arena.

  • Zwelithini Mdluli - 2014-07-08 15:29

    Thnx Auntie ramphele

  • moles - 2014-07-08 15:30

    She didn`t have to anounce her resignation most South African did not take seriously anyway.

  • Derrick Benny - 2014-07-08 15:34

    i wonder when is Zoomer going to follow her.????

  • Mark Neil Wade - 2014-07-08 15:34

    was she ever in politics ...

  • Ska Banga - 2014-07-08 15:34

    What a joke.

  • Siyanda da Fish - 2014-07-08 15:34


  • Ghettoman Lebogang Lekhoba - 2014-07-08 15:35

    If u can't stand da stayaway 4rm kitchen Hao swenkela ANC you will never come rite...

  • Joe Smit - 2014-07-08 15:37

    So, who got the R200 000.00?

  • DezLee - 2014-07-08 15:37

    Didn't even know she was IN party politics to start with...

  • Here,There and Everywhere - 2014-07-08 15:38

    From Hero to Zero? No to minus zero? How I woke up at 05 AM to rush to pretoria as a volunteer for the launch of Agang...

  • Fortunate Mbizi - 2014-07-08 15:38

    What a joke

  • Lungile Malumla - 2014-07-08 15:39

    Haaa Gogo so quik maybe u taught this is a retirementGo and rest.Eat your 50 million before u die.

  • Zanoxolo Duncan Lholhoza Mbekela - 2014-07-08 15:40

    From day it not gud , we know she want a retirement fund but for her this is not how she expect it, so as Agang its dead like her

      toni.leferinksiljeur - 2014-07-08 15:46


  • drsparky - 2014-07-08 15:41

    Flash in the pan.

  • Margaret Cox - 2014-07-08 15:45

    I never thought this woman was stupid but she has acted very strangly lately!

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2014-07-08 15:48

    I remember when she started agang some peeps here said- she's an intellectual, and offers very good option for the intelligent people. Kwaaaaa intellectuals my foot.

  • Bastille French - 2014-07-08 15:48

    To be honest party politics are in many ways stuck in an abstract, and ideological discourse, where action and initiative are relegated to function as an afterthought, especially when we look at the impact of political parties where the actual voters are residing apart from the services offered by govt. Her choice is a stroke of common sense, we have become acustomed to talk in a manner thats mired in abstractions. While a simple language of straight talk can suffice. And put a bit of initiative to boot.

  • Sesame Macala - 2014-07-08 15:50

    Umagogo uyaxoka akayeki politiki qha ugxoshiwe yi donor[funder] yakhe kuba engaphumelelanga ukuthatha abavoti abaninzi kwi~ANC.Hamba Gogo abazukulu bayakudinga ekhaya.Politics~the survival of fittest.

  • Nkokheli Matshazi - 2014-07-08 15:50

    that's a good idea Mampela

  • Bhekisisa Shezi - 2014-07-08 15:50

    even towards the 2019 elections will see new political party founders emerging

  • Stuart Lidstone - 2014-07-08 15:56

    Good riddance!

  • sibusiso.a.mazibuko - 2014-07-08 15:57

    rest in peace

  • Martin Ferguson - 2014-07-08 15:58


  • sibusiso.a.mazibuko - 2014-07-08 15:59

    ur a disgrce to woman in power

  • Janine Filmer - 2014-07-08 15:59

    What a total failure this woman turned out to be. I do feel sorry for all of the people who voted for Agang - they must be kicking themselves.

  • Mike Chabbaz - 2014-07-08 16:01

    Leaving so soon? RSA needs leaders like her who are not power hungry.

  • Grant Mattheys - 2014-07-08 16:05

    Not enough money in it. Nudge nudge wink wink

  • Miles Lancmore - 2014-07-08 16:06

    She tried political opportunism with DA and it failed,the she went back to AGANG and tried to bring it to life and she failed.She decided to quit because she failed like a snake in a desert.

  • Michel Konings - 2014-07-08 16:06

    The best thing what you could do.

  • Russell Sibusiso Xaba - 2014-07-08 16:07

    She's brainless&direction less.

      Skhumbuzo Fundraiser Thabede - 2014-07-08 17:35

      Brainless, Ramphele realy? Do you know how many honors and accolades this woman has?

      Russell Sibusiso Xaba - 2014-07-08 20:26

      It doesn't matter she's a coward&joke cc

  • Steenboklife Npc - 2014-07-08 16:07


  • Amos Bongani Xaba - 2014-07-08 16:07

    If u can't beat de ANC,jst join it, it is a home for every1, bt if u don't behave u thanx for leaving politics n i hope de oders will follow u soon,dey are in politic 2destroy de president,not de rulling party, bt dey are still failing,

  • Motlatsi Matuka - 2014-07-08 16:08

    ” I will therefore be leaving politics,having accomplished my aim of creating a political vehicle".oh please can some1 pass me a plastic bag I'm about to puke after reading mamphele's press release!U accomplished nothing politicaly gogo!don't lie to us!wha political vehicle are u refering to?cos Agang was born prematurely&as a result it dead looooong time ago!

  • Lesia Mohale - 2014-07-08 16:08

    That's where she belongs, outside politics. Just check how dirty she is now! No more politics, granny!

  • Lemako Lemako - 2014-07-08 16:08

    You have been there and seen that politics is not an easy game as many people thought they are,my respect to your decision Dr Mamphele you still have a role to play in building SA,goodluck.