Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele.(SABC)
Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele says she will be contesting next year's national elections with a view to winning against the ruling ANC and other parties.
Ramphele was speaking in Johannesburg after touring the country to promote Agang - which she describes as a 'party political platform'. She says those living in poor communities fear challenging the ANC because they are afraid of losing their social grants and richer people don't want to lose their jobs. Ramphele says Agang has managed to garner the support of 10 000 activists since the launch just a few months ago. "We playing to win, not for playing for any other game, there are enough citizens who want to see change, what they want is vehicle for change and Agang is the vehicle for change. We are building it, it's going to be smart, it's going to be nimble, it's going to be everywhere," says Ramphele.
Ramphele says a culture of corruption and impunity is seeping through every level of government and is corroding society. She says it's estimated that corruption robs South Africans of more than R30 billion every year through an abusive procurement system. She says the most outrageous example is President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence costing more than R200 million. She says South African politics are still gripped by fear to challenge authority. She has decried the poor state of schools, corruption and high unemployment.