Warren Mabona
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15 Jul 2014
9:35 am

Paul O’Sullivan left Agang, voted ANC on the same day

Warren Mabona

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan said yesterday he had cut ties with Agang SA and subsequently thrown his weight behind the ANC because of what he called dirty games in politics.

FILE PICTURE: Paul O'Sullivan arrives at the South Gauteng High Court, 2 August 2010. Picture: Michel Bega

O’Sullivan told The Citizen he resigned from Agang in the morning of May 7, the day of the general election, and voted for the ruling party a few hours later.

That was eight weeks after he joined Agang and made a cut to its parliamentary candidate’s list for the same polls.

He pointed out that he was also driven out of active party politics by what he described as the prospect of facing liars in Parliament.

“The eight weeks I spent at Agang were enough to realise that politics is a dirty game,” O’Sullivan said.

“As a then parliamentary candidate, I just did not want to see politicians lying to the public in Parliament. They often confront and stab each other in the back throughout the world. I therefore decided that politics was not for me.”

Asked why he voted ANC shortly after resigning from Agang, O’Sullivan cited SA’s stable democracy as one of the plus factors. He said his friends had also frequently questioned his motive behind raising problems of corruption in the country while he was in Agang.

“Agang was useful platform for me to raise issues of corruption that has brought South Africa to its knees. A number of friends asked me if I was doing that against the government, but I told them I was not,” he said.

Agang was plagued by leadership squabbles that saw its founder, Mamphela Ramphele, leave the party on July 8. Her departure came five months after she accepted the DA’s nomination to be its presidential candidate, a move that appeared to have alienated some Agang leaders and members. Allegations of corruption also rocked the party, with other leaders accusing Ramphele of opening a bank account in order siphon off party funds.

However, O’Sullivan said his decision to quit the party had nothing to do with its turbulent leadership.