Sorry Ramphele, Agang wont have my Vote.

2013-02-25 17:22

Mamphele Ramphele’s new political party reminds me of 2008 when we were introduced to COPE, a political party formed by formed by former ANC members. With the disgruntled Mosiuoa Lekota, Mbhazima Shilowa and Mluleki George forming this party we all thought it would be a threat to the ANC. The optimism about Agang’s future and how it will “save” South Africans from ANC is not too different by how some of us welcomed COPE.

We all thought COPE had an advantage. It was more than just  an addition to over 45 South African political parties that stand for elections, it was an ANC break away party. After Pumzile Mlambo Ngcuka publicly joined COPE, people though Mbeki did too. Leading people to believe that COPE is strong and can stand as the official opposition in parliament.

However, COPE did not even come close to being a threat to ANC. In the 2009 National Election it managed to gather 7.4% votes behind the DA which gathered 16.7% and ANC leading with 65.9%. These percentages translate to 2 million Votes for COPE and 11 million for ANC. In simply terms South Africans couldn’t COPE. The only threat she will be is to the Democratic Alliance which has been working hard to gather “black votes”. They will be both left to try and influence the voting behavior of the middle class South African which they mostly appeal to.

In a press statement Ramphele said she is starting this political party to provide South Africans with a platform to ”rekindle our hope that building the country of our dreams is possible in our lifetime.” Like when COPE was formed, many are already inspired by Ramphele’s poetic statements. But we are used to these rhetorics from the DA, COPE, IFP or any other political party that wants to oppose the ANC.

The only limited power she will have over the ANC is when she joins the coalition between COPE, IFP, ACDP and the DA and fights over who reads the coalition’s statements between her and Lindiwe Mazibuko

I must however, take my hat off for her courage to exercise her constitutional right and start a political party; I dont in any way disrespect it.

One does not dispute the fact that we have developmental challenges in our country but they will not be solved by forming political parties. We already have too many of them. Some, we dont even know they exist. Some of them make a lot of noise and use cheap tactics to score political points. Do we really need more noise?.

Ramphele is an unapologetic neo-liberal who will not offer better alternative to the ANC. Her tactics are not too different from that of the DA. And her close ties and shared ideologies with the mining capitals disqualifies her as a better choice.

She will now join the movement along Helen Zille to protect profits of the big business and further exploit workers in a free market environment backed and promoted by the World Bank she once served.Where was Ramphele when we had miners dying in Marikana? Did anyone hear or see her using his position as the Gold Field chairperson to influence wage negotiations in favor of the works? What she simply did was to do as Helen Zille does the best; that is, bashing Trade Unions and blaming them for the conflict between workers and mining capitals.

How can we as poor South Africans trust a person who was chairperson of a Gold Fields and Chairperson of the World Bank institutions that do everything in their power to take from the poor to the rich?

The War she now declares on the ANC is the kind of war we would have loved her to declare on  companies like Gold Fields and and international organizations like World bank which serves as classic examples of the “exclusionary economic and political system” she now condemns.

Some of the already disillusioned South Africans have already called her Speech the SONA we should have had. I viewed it as a classic speech that falls in the same category as ANC’s Thabo Mbeki “I am an African” poem.

In the first early hours of her announcement, Eqaul Education had already called her a lier. She claimed that she consulted with Equal Education about this new party but Equal Education vehemently denies any involvement. M&G have already revealed that Mamphele was to join the DA and took Helen's Zille seat in an attempt to win black votes. The DA was prepared to dissolve the party and revisit its constitution and policies. Making Helen some kind of a silent leader. But looks like things did not work out well for Mamphele.

Then she along other poem inspired South Africans want us to trust and Vote for her.

What is offered in speech is not different from the DA offers, if I would support it now I would have to question myself as to why I was not supporting the DA before. Supporting Agang is the same as supporting DA.

Mamphele declares “war on corruption” and she seems determined to win. Every political party wants to fight corruption, they want to improve education, health and provide to us citizen what we want but there are challenges that prevent them from achieving those goals. Challenges not immune to the DA, ANC or Agang for that matter.

Corruption also happens in the private sector but we will never know about it because its kept “private”.

The ANC does not have a school of “corruption’’ where people go and learn how to be corrupt officials. Each and every political party has its fair share of corruption and Agang will not be an exception. No one in this country can tell me with absolute certainty that Ramphele is entering politics with true intention. We have to take her word for it which Equal Education already doubts.

The fight on corruption is bigger than any political party or World Bank sent-by neo-liberals. ANC declared war on the worst form of corruption called “apartheid” hundred years ago and won.

Now its time for all of us South Africans to work with the government ensuring the kind of greed corruption we now have comes to an end. The chapter 9 institutions, the judiciary and other organizations we have will do a better job than her in fighting corruption with us citizens not “Agang” as a vehicle.

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