24 February 2014

South Africa: Agang, One Year Later, Still Struggling for Relevance


Agang SA is battling to overcome its leader Mamphela Ramphele's comical week as the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate.

On Sunday GREG NICOLSON heard the party's alternate state of the nation address in Johannesburg. The DA debacle isn't all bad, said Ramphele, but Agang has a lot of work to do if it wants to make any difference at this year's elections.

"My mother was kitchen girl, my father was a garden boy; that's why I'm a citizen," sang Agang supporters in the Old Women's Jail, Constitutional Hill, remixing the communist chant to include the party's equivalent of "comrade" - citizen.

A single minibus taxi and a dozen cars sat in the parking lot. There were no buses and no waves of party supporters on their way. But inside the Jail's concrete enclosure the song reverberated off the walls with the 100 supporters trying valiantly to support their leader.

This weekend was about promises. The Economic Freedom Fighters promised everything but a Breitling for all South Africans. The ANC promised to keep fighting.

The DA promised an inclusive economy. Agang offered "to restore the promise of freedom", to bring back the excitement of Mandela and Pienaar lifting the Rugby World Cup ...

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