COSATU sees no future for Agang
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted the announcement by Mamphela Ramphele that she is launching a new ‘party political platform' called Agang.
Every South African has the constitutional right to form a political party, win votes and be elected to public office, and we welcome any new party for providing the electorate with new and different choices.
However COSATU sees no future in this party. As with any new party we get the inevitable political demagoguery - "We are here to invite people of my generation to rekindle the South Africa of our dreams. We are here to invite people of my sons' generation to experience for themselves the thrill of living in an age of excitement and possibility. We are here to mobilize to build a world-beating 21st century democracy."
We have however to look behind such fine but empty words, at the record of the person uttering them. What we can expect from someone who was a Managing Director of the World Bank from 2000 to 2004 and the Chairperson of Gold Fields from 2010 until she suddenly resigned just days before her Agang announcement.
How seriously can we take someone who has just stepped down as head of a big, ruthless exploitative mine employer when she talks of our "legacy of the exclusionary economic and political systems that continue to characterise the primary sectors of mining and agriculture" which "undermines our present and future economic prospects".