Low turnout at Agang manifesto launch

The event attracted a few hundred supporters, but Mamphela Ramphele says only 400 were invited.

The event attracted a few hundred supporters but Mamphela Ramphele says only 400 party leaders were invited. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The poor attendance at Agang SA's election manifesto launch in Atteridgeville this weekend raised questions about what challenges lie ahead for the new party.

The event only attracted a few hundred supporters, but Mamphela Ramphele says only 400 party leaders were invited.

Ramphele's election policies focus on empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, employment and effective government.

The crowd at the launch did not even fill half of the small stadium which can hold about 3,000 people.

Most of those in attendance were young people who sang and danced wearing their green T-shirts and caps.

Ramphele introduced five policies which she said were aimed at improving the lives of the poor.

"We expect to make a difference in ordinary South African's lives."

Ramphele maintained her support base was strong.

Earlier this year, the party failed to merge with the Democratic Alliance when Ramphele retracted her decision to stand as the party's presidential candidate.