Ramphele set to announce political plans

2013-02-11 20:04

Johannesburg - Former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will make a formal announcement on her political plans next Monday, a consultancy firm said.

FTI Consulting said in a statement on Monday that Ramphele would make her announcement at the Women's Gaol, Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg.

On a recent visit to the United States, Ramphele reportedly said she was collecting money for a political party and was "entering politics to save her country". She also rallied the support of ambassadors.

Ambassador to Argentina and former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon said two people at Ramphele's meetings in the US had confirmed this to a Sunday newspaper.

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

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

On January, Ramphele said 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 it on record that I have been having conversations with South Africans from all walks of life about the state of democracy in South Africa," 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."

  • christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-11 20:19

    Are we finally going to see the straw which is going to break the back of the ANC. Please, we need this for the sake of our country!!!

      SharonE - 2013-02-11 20:41

      If COPE could manage to get 1 000 000 votes, just think what someone with grit and integrity will achieve! I do believe I hear the ANC shaking in its boots!!

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-11 20:49

      And she has over 1 year to get herself ready for elections! (will we also see more coalitions in the next elections)

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-11 21:24

      If the DA, this New Party and maybe COPE can push the anc out it will be a great day for South Africa. What we do NOT need right now is another spat between the opposition parties. We should all work against the corrupt anc. Leave the scrapping for after the anc's demise.

      SharonE - 2013-02-11 21:30

      @ Glyn, I fully agree. We all know the expression: The enemy of my enemy is my friend..

  • lerato.mako.7 - 2013-02-11 20:21

    count my vote,

  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-11 20:21

    I wonder if this foctor's patients have to join her party before getting a check up

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-12 04:44

      What's a foctor? A sort of factor?

      philip.venter1 - 2013-02-18 10:23

      Wow Bafana you are so witty and intelligent, how do you do it?

  • shamiel.mathews - 2013-02-11 20:22

    We need leaders with substance and wisdom; not the lot we have running the ANC. Please form a party for people like me that is put off by the current ANC.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-11 21:21

      Just vote DA.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2013-02-11 20:23

    This will be a class party......

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2013-02-11 20:25

    I truly don't forsee prospects in this Mamphele sitcom. I am also articulating my views like she does too.

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-11 21:04

      But she makes sense. Are pro decent fair non racist government, in favor of non cronyism and she hates theft Small differance to the average anc supporter' viewpoint who tollerate thievery and keep on electing morons as their leaders, and after being stolen blind, re-elect them again. She will not attract all anc voters, just those for fair and honedt government and those who actually can read and understand the constitution

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-11 21:19

      COPE 2

  • gmichel - 2013-02-11 20:28

    We need a party like this, there's too much stigma attached to the DA with regards to apartheid. The formally disadvantaged will never vote for the because the hold too much of a grudge. Hopefully this party will pull some of the votes from the ANC and create a real opposition party that can give the ANC a run for it's money and get the corrupt out of government so they can stop ruining our beloved country. I'd vote for her.

      shamiel.mathews - 2013-02-11 21:00

      I agree. Our democracy is weak. The only way to have a real democracy is to have a strong opposition. We need an opposition that can hold the ruling party accountable. At the moment Zuma is untouchable. He (and his ministers) disregard court orders and nothing happens. The level of corruption is deeper than we realise. The cases that gets in the media is the tip of the iceberg. This can't be a true democracy and that's why we need people like Ramphele to keep them accountable.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-11 21:18

      There is no apartheid stigma on the DA. Check your history. The anc has stampeded you! Do your own thinking.

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-12 04:46

      The DA's forerunners fought doggedly to discredit apartheid and bring about its downfall. They did more than the ANC in disheartening the Nats.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-02-12 07:41

      There is a stigma, it is one wrongfully made up by the ANC with no base in reality, but nevertheless denying the existence of it is not helpful.

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-02-11 20:29

    Count my vote too.

  • rufus.manyama - 2013-02-11 20:32

    Good idea at the right time,count my vote!

  • Dirk Rossouw - 2013-02-11 20:32

    She's got my vote if she does. Our country deperate for strong opposition without racial connectations. Go Me Ramphele!!!

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-02-11 20:34

    Please Doc don't disappoint us cause this country's in desperate need of a strong opposition and make sure you don't put disgruntled members from other parties in leadership cause the leopards doesn't change its spot and they left when they were kicked out from inner circle that got unlimited access to piece of a pie!

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-11 20:43

      Sifiso, you hit is spot on with taking disgruntled members from other parties into leadership. I do believe this lady is a bit more clever than that! Thank you for this very bold step - you have a lot a South Africans rooting for you!!!

  • sarah.snethlage - 2013-02-11 20:36

    Good idea to start a new party. Remember that a party is more than its leader and to deliver anything of substance that will rejuvinate Soyuth Africa moral delema needs more than the well spoken Mamphela, it will need a team. Mandela was good, and the ANC team today is mostly from his era. South Africa needs a team of leaders of high moral standing, not one person. So based on this statement, I am not confident that it is the right thing for her to start a political party now, too soon to the 2014 elections

  • david.khasebe - 2013-02-11 20:46

    We really need this as a country

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  • sarah.snethlage - 2013-02-11 20:50

    It saddens me to say that I personally feel that South Africa needs more than an intelectual. We have gone too far down the road of moral degeneration. Intelectual leadership at this stage cannot heal this cancer. An iron fist of the likes of Ho Jin Tao, Maggie Thatcher or a lula da Silva. Once the cancer has been removed, then the healing and rebuilding can start, and then Mamphela will be the ideal person. But first we need to remove the cancer that is eating this wonderfull land of ours

      hein.huyser - 2013-02-11 21:14

      Sarah, I disagree. We had a uniting leader in the 90's through Mandela, and it can happen again. There was so much hope that we as Soith Africans could lose the racism once and for all, that was till Mbheki came along and the wheels came off. Under JZ we were on our rims. Now its time for the healing to happen.

      brasteve.myaluze - 2013-02-12 04:35

      Hein, I think under JZ we are actually standing on bricks...or is it BRICS since its our only achievement in the Zuma era?

  • danie.kritzinger.18 - 2013-02-11 20:52

    Fantastic news - a formidable intellectual. I pray this is not a mere rumour...You lead, I for one will follow.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2013-02-11 20:53

    She will have my support.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-02-11 20:55

    Where on the political spectrum can any new party be positioned? Ultra left? Centre left? It looks like the space is full. If Ramphele wants to make a difference in the country, she must convince all the fragmented opposition parties to form one party, or else wait for the ANC to self destruct before seizing the opportunity to form her own party.

  • Getrude - 2013-02-11 20:55

    Where are the forms to fill in. ....I'm holding my pen and ready to register my name. Hurry please Doc!

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-02-11 21:02

    she is joining the ANC

      markjack.deppe - 2013-02-11 21:09

      You have a hope, my friend. Please dream on.

      SharonE - 2013-02-11 21:10

      Somehow I don't think so...

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-02-11 21:02

    this is long overdue

  • hymiem - 2013-02-11 21:04

    Agree this could be the best move for democracy! We do however need to ensure there are proper support structures in place for her party and loyal supporters of a democracy for all, the DA can't fight the ANC alone.

  • Terence Hermanus - 2013-02-11 21:06

    please pretty please no cadres...

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-11 21:06

    I hear our President choking on his words 'The ANC will govern till Jesus comes' She definitely has my vote, Should start fresh and not be part of any other party.

  • Mdevour State - 2013-02-11 21:06

    Lets wait for Monday

  • mooshi.thirtytwo - 2013-02-11 21:11

    Good Luck Mamphela Ramphele, we need a strong new party, which is removed from past ties. Wish you good luck.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-11 21:13

    It's all good, if there is more parties then the better it will be, think about this for a minute

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-11 21:14

    Any anti-anc party has my support but as she cannot be the leader of the DA she is starting a new party. The anc will be chuckling. I believe that she should support the DA for that strong opposition. Forming her own party is second prize for SA. I hope that she takes a lot of anc votes with her. We need to chop them by 15% in the next election.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-02-11 21:21

    The sad part of it all regardless of her intentions is that she is not known by the ordinary folk. She is an academic that slept with Steven Biko and is not known for anything else. That being said and done we wish her well in her endeavors and she has to get her hands dirty and do the ground work!!!

  • mzi.ngubane.10 - 2013-02-11 21:32

    ...some people are gifted comedians out there but they are not aware of their gifted talent, how on earth can you will vote for a political party that is not don't know the manifesto, constitution ,policy just to mentioned but the few...well may be only in SA I guess.

      markjack.deppe - 2013-02-12 09:00

      I agree but then again look at it this way, the ANC has it's manifesto, constitution, policies, lekgotlas, imbizos to name but a few and look at how they have f...ed up this country. You think people will not wish for any other party to rise and oppose the current government. Surely any fool can see that a manifesto, constitution or policy of any new party without the philosophy of apartheid, nepotism, croniasm, self enrichment, tenderism will be much appreciated by the electorate.

  • stan.luthuli - 2013-02-11 21:41

    this spells the end of the dillusional alliance... all the confused blacks now will have a home... mamphela vs zille... no prizes for guessing the outcome... da tried to woo her to join their pathetic party... she refused... lol!

      Gareth Deeble - 2013-02-12 09:00

      You say the DA is pathetic yet the province they govern is the nicest in the country,ill admit not perfect but compared to the rest its a shinning star

  • xoli.mbambo - 2013-02-11 21:45

    I feel sorry 4 Godzilla .All her supporters are happy about Mamphela.Oh Guptas damaged ur image granny.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-12 10:58

      Xoli.mbambo. Attention to your manners may be a better way for you to spend your time.

  • Getrude - 2013-02-11 21:46

    Give that woman a Bells!

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-11 21:46

    If she starts a party I will vote for her , besides ANC can't exactly vote for DA IFP COPE FF ,

  • vincentdavince.malapane - 2013-02-11 21:54

    Good news for us who didn't know wher to put our crosses next year.

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-11 22:19

    @wouter but COPE has a history of fighting for leadership the might confuse mamphela , lol

  • Winile Ngidi - 2013-02-12 07:56

    Political suicide Mamphela that all I will say to you.. all your good will go to the dogs because of helping poor SAns like you used to do, you are going to focus on insulting JZ & his puppet because that what they will do to you.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-12 10:48

    Here's hoping.

  • lwazi.magqabi.9 - 2013-02-15 17:51

    All these parties have come and gone, i dont think she will beat ANC. Maybe she will get 8% if she is lucky. firstly she is an unknown to the public, secondly DA is stronger.

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