Ramphele sets example for Govt

Agang SA Leader Doctor Mamphela Ramphele says Zuma should disclose his finances immediately.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele holds a news conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 where she disclosed her own financial affairs for the country to scrutinise. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang SA Leader Doctor Mamphela Ramphele says if President Jacob Zuma doesn't have anything to hide, he should disclose his finances to the public immediately.

The Agang SA leader has disclosed her net worth of more than R55 million, saying people in the country should know who they are voting for come next year's elections.

She says by displaying her personal funds to the public, she is setting an example for the president and government officials.

Ramphele says there has been too much corrupt activity in the country and the poor have been forgotten.

"I'm committed to a society free of corruption. That is why I'm setting an example for President Zuma by publicly disclosing my financial interests."

She says she decided to open up her finances so they can be publicly scrutinised.

Agang SA officially registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in early July after launching to party in June.

Ramphele is a former activist, a medical doctor, an academic and a businesswoman. She was Bantu Stephen Biko's partner, having two children with him, and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and Managing Director of the World Bank.

She first announced her intention to enter South African politics with her new party at the beginning of the year.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has thrown his support behind Ramphele, saying the country's politics would benefit from someone of her calibre, intellect and resourcefulness.

It emerged in June that the party is being advised by the same American strategy group as US President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Ramphele said their advice would help modernise the country's approach to elections.

At the same time, her party has called for major electoral reforms, in line with a bill tabled by the Democratic Alliance (DA) which proposed the reintroduction of the constituency system for the National Assembly, meaning voters in various constituencies would be told on the ballot paper who would represent political parties in Parliament.

Ramphele believes the electoral system does not promote accountability, saying the closed party list system means there is no accountability between leaders and the people they represent.