Ramphele launches Agang SA

Doctor Mamphela Ramphele officially launches her political party.

Supporters awaiting Dr Mamphela Ramphele's address at the party's official launch in Pretoria. 22 June 2013. Picture: Reinart Toerien/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Dr Mamphela Ramphele has officially launched her political party, Agang SA.

The academic addressed hundreds of enthusiastic supporters at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria this afternoon.

The party is expected to hold its elective conference towards the end of the year, before contesting next year's elections.

Ramphele came out guns blazing, slamming government by saying it cannot be trusted with South Africa's economy.

She said government's inability to deal with issues of crime; education and poverty are hampering South Africa's possible future.

"Our schools are not delivering the education our children deserve and people who work hard cannot find jobs to support their families. Crime is growing and people no longer feel safe."

Ramphele added her party will aim to be a platform for South Africans which the new generation can be proud of.

Over the past few months, Ramphele has been travelling across the country to speak to communities and determine the party's policies.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Friday threw his support behind Ramphele, saying the country's politics will benefit from someone of her calibre, intellect and resourcefulness.

Ramphele has been a fierce critic of the ANC.

Questions have been raised about whether she has what it takes to make it in politics, to which she reportedly answered, "I've survived worse".