South Africa 30.1.2014 07:00 am

‘A move away from SA’s race card politics’ – Ramphele

MAKING A POINT. Mamphela Ramphele speaks at a press conference where she was anounced as the <br />Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate for the upcoming elections. Picture: AFP.

MAKING A POINT. Mamphela Ramphele speaks at a press conference where she was anounced as the
Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate for the upcoming elections. Picture: AFP.

Mamphela Ramphele believes the decision she took to stand as presidential candidate for the DA will strengthen the beleaguered party she founded, AgangSA – and not weaken it.

She was speaking in an interview with Johannesburg-based talk radio, Power FM yesterday.

Ramphele said there was no reason for Agang to close shop, as the party is still alive and well.

“We will be embarking on a road show to visit every region and make party members understand that Agang is a valuable contribution to the transformation of politics in South Africa.

“South Africans should be welcoming this move of working together with the DA as a positive step away from the politics of race and the use of the race card,” Mamphele said.

“The DA’s decision is a vote of confidence in Agang and in me.

“We in Agang will go through our own systems to bring the two parties together, to have something really unique and formidable in South Africa that takes us beyond race politics,” she said.

Responding to comments attributed to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe about her being “a rented black” for the DA, which “had run out” of other options according to Mantashe, Mamphele was scathing.

“He (Mantashe) must clean up the mess in the ANC.

“It is a disgrace that they can’t even publish their candidates list because there are so many corrupt people on it.”

Mamphele further blamed the ANC for blocking transformation. They did this by destroying the quality of education, by corruption, and by bankrupting the health system, she said.

“Race is always used as an excuse for corruption and under-performance,” Mamphele added.

 

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