Agang SA has proposed what some are calling an excellent policy ahead of the South Africa 2014 election. Agang SA is a newly formed a political party and will challenge the elections in May 2104.They are advancing a manifesto which they claim is a dream of moving the country forward into a democracy of aspirations and achievements where citizens are the priority.
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, the founder of Agang SA, has garnered a strong support base during the electioneering running up to May 7 on a platform of taking responsibility for moving the country away from the failures of the past. Hope, dignity and freedom are the professed top priorities of the political manifesto and encouragement to curb the political instability within the borders of South Africa.
The focus on education, affordable health care, sustainable economic growth and job creation are necessary for a flourishing democracy, according to the Agang SA leader. Agang SA claims to want to move away from the lack of reliable service deliveries, and the currently failing education system that, they say, the African National Congress (ANC) party have failed to provide for its citizens.
According to Ramphele, South Africa is in desperate need of a paradigm shift among its people and release from the captivity of poverty. Agang SA says they want all South Africans to reclaim their democracy and right to live in dignity. A government free from corruption and responsible for the economic growth of the country are the professed goals of the party.
The platform they are advancing is one of transforming the empowerment policy, structuring effective leadership, quality schools and achieving viable health institutions. The broad-based economic empowerment, according to Agang SA, has brought more inequality into South Africa, and they are calling for it to stop. Ramphele said the racial division is expanding, and the party will work with the people to heal the divisions within the land.
Agang SA has said that education will be a top priority, and the reality of knowledge is the key to creating a democratic society. Health, safety, and security are another problem area, and the Agang SA party has plans to implement a workable solution to benefit its entire population. Government and leadership responsibilities are to transform an open and relevant land reform process and empower people to production. Agang SA promises to facilitate a quick transfer of land by the state and ensure a peaceful transition during the process.
Ramphele insists education is the foundation of forming a free and fair democracy. She has promised to fight corruption among public servants, and hold leaders accountable for their actions. Job creation through diligent education empowerment is not a dream, according to the candidate, but a reality.
Agang SA professes to want to accomplish free education for all, and claims that this is possible if government spending is curbed. Savings, according to Ramphele, can be achieved by serving the public better and controlling government departments which do not effectively provide value to the citizens.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu this week supported the Agang SA manifesto. The party is hoping that voters will embrace the new party which claims to want to start governance on a clean slate. Ramphele has told stories of ANC failures, and said it is easier for any party to say we can do better. Ramphele has established a decent support base among the middle class and at the same time trying to maintain strong support from rural levels.
Several of the contesting parties, such as the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (COPE) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) have committed to similar policies. Agang SA might gain sufficient votes to secure a parliamentary seat and may be considering an alliance with the DA, UDM or COPE. The DA has a proven record of performing well in the Western Cape under harsh conditions and voters might consider this fact when casting a vote.
The 2014 Election set for May 7 may possibly alter the political structure of South Africa and cause a drastic shift of power from the ANC ruling party to one of the opposition parties. After twenty years of ruling, critics are claiming that the ANC have reneged on their promises. Parties such as Agang SA are hoping obtain a fair share of their power with this tactic.
By Laura Oneale