A new political party has been launched in South Africa. The Agang party, meaning ‘let’s build’ in Sesotho, is led by anti-apartheid era activist Mamphela Ramphele.
A doctor and former World Bank managing director believes the ANC has let South Africans down and that it is time for change.
At the launch in Pretoria, Ramphele told crowds of more than 5000 that it was vital to look ahead.
“It is the future we can have, if we expect more from ourselves, from our government, and from our country. And if we vote for the future, and not the past” Ramphele said.
Amongst the audience, the response seemed positive, with many signing up to be members of Agang.
Llewellyn Hartnick, a 36 year old manager, said: “She’s unapologetic in speaking the truth about modern South Africa, okay? In terms of the state of the nation.”
Vehlia Button, a 48 year old mother added: “I think we’d like to see all the race groups working together, sharing in the prosperity and the work of the country.”
Agang is backed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The fledgling political movement plans to field candidates in the next national elections to be held in April 2014.