Out with the old, in with the new: Agang SA

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The new political kid on the block, Agang-SA, has called on South Africans to break with the past and vote for new ideas in the May general elections.

Agang-SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele says South Africans have only themselves to blame for what she calls a state of paralysis in the country’s leadership.

Ramphele told hundreds of party faithful in Pretoria on Saturday that the launch of her party’s manifesto was the beginning of the new road to change.

“Agang SA is the David that is going to face this Goliath. We started with a few, we now have many.”

This is the message Agang SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele wants to sell to her constituency – a message of hope and self-belief. This message lies at the heart of the party’s elections strategy.

She says people are not comrades or fighters. They are citizens because they come from a start that is rooted in the struggle, but do not carry the baggage of the past. Which is why, according to her, they must breakaway with voting from sentiment to cool heads.

Ramphele says her party has five key priorities that it wants to focus on – empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, employment, and effective governance.

“If we want to change our country dramatically, we must have policies and a government that serve the people. We must have partnerships that put the country first. We must believe in possibilities. We believe we can again be a great proud nation able to take its rightful place on the global stage.”

– By Sechaba ka’Nkosi