New opposition party launched in South Africa
18 February 2013, 17:49
Johannesburg - Activist Mamphela Ramphele on Monday officially launched a new political party platform at a news conference in Johannesburg, promising to "build the country of our dreams".
The new party will be called Agang which is Sesotho for ‘build’.
Ramphele said the party will “declare war on corruption”.
Agang already has a website and twitter handle, and will contest the 2014 national elections.
Speaking at Women’s Gaol on Constitution Hill, Ramphele said “the country of our dreams has unfortunately faded”.
“The dream has faded for many living in poverty and destitution.”
Ramphele says on the website: “I am consulting widely with fellow South Africans on forming a party political platform with a view to contesting the 2014 elections.”
She hit out at alleged corruption in the governing party when she said: “The ANC's Chancellor House investment arm represents the most blatant example of how the governing party has abused the state to benefit its loyalists and to sustain itself in power.”
However, opposition parties have voiced displeasure at Ramphele’s plans. The Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko told AFP last week that she was wary of a new opposition party as it could fragment non-ANC voters and draw those mulling a turn to the DA.