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Ramphele to contest 2014 elections

Politics

Braamfontein - Author, activist and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele intends using her “political party platform” to contest the 2014 national elections.

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Activist and academic Mamphela Ramphele is seen at the launch of a new party political platform at the Women's Goal in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Monday, 18 February 2013. "We launch this initiative under the name Agang, or in the Nguni languages of our country, Akhani, which can be interpreted in English as 'Build South Africa'," she said in a speech. The Limpopo-born Ramphele, who began her career as a qualified doctor and whose academic career has focused on studies of social conditions, said: "The country of our dreams has unfortunately faded for many of my fellow South Africans." Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

“What I am going to be doing, and have been doing, is consulting every citizen because they deserve as much attention,” Ramphele told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday.

“It's called a party political platform because it's still in a consultative stage.”

She said every South African had a right to contribute to the platform, called Agang SA, which meant Build South Africa in Sepedi, and to shape it.

“Our approach is to go from village to village, township to township, young people, old people, rich people, poor people because the country belongs to all of us,” Ramphele said. “Ours is a consultative process.”

She said Agang SA would bring additional things into the political space, such as a campaign for electoral reform, the launch of a war against corruption, and improving education.

It would develop many public policies and plans to put these into practice.

A policy director was putting together working groups to come up with policies in key areas. The platform's policies and implementation strategies would be evidence-based, said Ramphele.

“We need to move our country forward in a systematic manner.”

She said she saw herself as the bridge between the generation that fought for freedom and her children's generation.

“The golden oldies must go into the sunset.” - Sapa

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