Agang: ‘Ruling party in it for itself’

Mamphela Ramphele took a swipe at the ANC, calling it a party ruled by lies.

Mamphela Ramphela addressing Agang SA members at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Sunday 23 February 2014. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele says the ruling party doesn't have the interests of the masses at heart, adding party members only want to benefit themselves.

Ramphele delivered her Citizens State of the Nation Address at Constitution Hill in the Johannesburg CBD on Sunday afternoon.

She started by reminding her members about the birth of the party.

"Last year we assembled here to set out on a brave journey."

Ramphele took a swipe at the ANC, calling it a party ruled by lies.

"Now is not the time to let politicians who have abused our trust to continue to lie."

The Agang leader says since her party's inception a year ago, she has realised that South Africans have lost hope that the country can change for the better.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says when it is elected into power it will create six million sustainable jobs by eradicating corruption, involving businesses and implementing quality education.

The DA launched its election manifesto in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon.

Part of the main opposition's aim is to grow the economy by eight percent.

The DA says tender committees will be open to the public to ensure the process is transparent.

DA leader Helen Zille says if the party is voted into power ministers, public servants or their families will not be allowed to do business with the state.

She says the country loses R30 billion per year due to corruption, which she says she will put a stop to.

In order to establish quality education for all, the DA vows to train 15,000 teachers annually as it believes that will play a significant role in eradicating unemployment.

The DA reiterated it will not scrap social grants but rather encourage employment to uplift people out of the poverty trap.

The DA is the latest party this weekend to launch their election plans with the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) launching theirs on Saturday.