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Ramphele slams McBride IPID nomination

Ramphele says the nomination is tantamount to offering a job to a pal.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele has criticised the nomination of former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride to head the police watchdog, IPID.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele has criticised the nomination of former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride to head the police watchdog, IPID.

Minister of police Nathi Mthethwa has nominated MacBride as his preferred candidate for the position, sparking a public outcry, given his controversial background.

McBride was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in 2006, but his conviction was later overturned and he was acquitted.

Ramphele says the nomination is tantamount to offering a job to a pal.

"We don't need to have McBride going back into the police system. It's affront to the dignity of South Africans.

"It now shows you that the ANC is like an old led tree, it's rotten inside."

Ramphele criticised the ANC for running the country in a shameful manner.

She says next year's election is an opportunity for ordinary citizens to vote the ANC out of government.

She reiterates ruling party leaders have betrayed the promise of the freedom that people like Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo fought for.

The academic and businesswoman says next year's elections present five million eligible first-time voters with the opportunity to usher in a new, accountable government.

Ramphele says South Africans need to start imagining a future where everyone will have a job, a decent home, quality education and better health care.

She encouraged people to vote for Agang because five more years will give the ANC a chance to destroy institutions of democracy and to abuse government resources in corrupt deals.

Agang launched its new trademark on Saturday in a whirlwind tour of Gauteng.

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