Ramphele named on Agang SA list

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IOL pic may16 ramphele Independent Newspapers Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele is taking some personal time to reflect on her group's journey. File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Cape Town - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele's name appears on the final list released on Friday of new members of Parliament, even though she has announced that she is taking a break from politics.

The candidate for the party's second seat was listed as Molapi Plouamma.

On Thursday, Ramphele posted an open letter on the party's website saying she would take time to reflect on her political journey and return to contribute at a later stage.

“I have always said that I was the bridge and would make sure that the reins are handed over at an appropriate time to a new generation of leaders,” she said.

The same day, the party released a statement saying its national youth forum co-ordinator Nyameka Mguzulo and chairman Mike Tshishonga would take up the parliamentary seats.

Agang SA spokesman Mark Peach was not available to comment.

Ramphele said in her letter that the party's performance in the elections last week was “disappointing”, but said it had been wonderful to see so many South Africans vote and uphold political freedom.

Agang secured 52 350 votes, or 0.28 percent of the vote.

“After such a taxing journey I do need some time and space to settle my mind and body, enjoy time with family and friends, and reconnect with a personal world I have not had time to enjoy for a considerable time now,” Ramphele said.

“This is where I believe I can make the most valuable contribution to the party and my beloved country.”

Businesswoman and struggle veteran Ramphele founded Agang SA last year.

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