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Thu Oct 23 10:35:41 SAST 2014

There is room for Ramphele: iLIVE

Thabile Mange, by e-mail | 05 February, 2013 00:09
First South African MD of the World Bank Mamphela Ramphele on August 10, 2010 as speaker at the Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image by: Financial Mail/Robert Tshabalala / Gallo Images

News that Dr Mamphela Ramphele is considering forming a new party raises the question of whether there is space for a new political party.

It is my view that there is, especially for a black party that will give the ANC a run for its money. COPE has proven that. It is the third-most powerful party in the country.

Despite the prevailing view, the party has not failed. It is Mbhazima Shilowa and Mosiuoa Lekota who have failed the party with their power struggle.

Politics is different today.

People are no longer drawn to political parties by what they stand for. Instead, they are lured by the opportunities the party could afford them.

This culture works in favour of the governing party.

The above challenge confronts the would-be new party.

I hope Ramphele will get the necessary funding to start an effective opposition party. This will enhance our democracy.

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