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Fri May 27 00:25:12 CAT 2016

Ramphele brings dawn of new era in South African politics

Lebohang Nthongoa | 13 February, 2013 13:53
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele. File photo.
Image by: Foto24 / Nasief Manie / Gallo Images

Who would have thought we would live to see the day when Mamphele Ramphele would dive into the world of politics head in first?

This is the shake up we need as South african politics. She represents someone who is both bold enough to voice her principles, and tough enough to stick to them - something that is lacking in all too many opposition leaders.

At every election since the first democratic election, we have heard voters, especially black voters, say that the only real option to the ANC is not voting at all, and that the ANC is not really a party of choice. At least not anymore.

I, for one, am very pleased that a new party will be born, and not out of breaking away from existing parties due to internal disputes. This means someone with real chops is spearheading a new party, hopefully with real ideas on how to solve some of the problems menacing our government and society.

It is also good news for women's issues, which are in desperate need of a woman's touch. As much work as the ANC has done thus far, we have a long way to go in this and in many other regards.

Ramphele will receive support, I hope enough to make a real go of this new party, and succeed in at least addressing some of the major issues South Africa faces.

I hope though Ramphele doesn't only represent a saviour to those feeling disillusioned. We as South Africans need to adopt the 'Yes we can' mantra Barack Obama famously won his first presidential election through. Ramphele may open the political door, but we need to do the work to take South Africa where we desire to see it.

And she is human, so we need to welcome and support her in her political endeavour knowing that she doesn't have all the answers and will not be everything to everyone at all times.

I am closely watching this space, I see big and wonderful things on our political horizon.


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