Agang SA registers with IEC

There is a 30-day window for other parties to object to Agang SA registering with the IEC.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - It appears there have been no immediate complaints against Agang SA registering its name with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

On Monday the IEC registered Agang as a political party, which will contest next year's elections.

The organisation's Sy Mamabolo said, "Agang will now have the total benefits of registration as a political party, which among others include the protection of the name and symbols."

However, he said there's a 30-day period for objections.

There was some controversy around the party's name with a non-government organisation (NGO) claiming one of its programmes was called Agang.

Academic and struggle stalwart Dr Mamphela Ramphele, the party's leader, launched Agang SA in Pretoria last month.

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".

Meanwhile, 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.