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Ramphele given 48 hrs to resign

Seven Agang SA provincial branches met to table a motion of no-confidence.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has been given 48 hours to resign pending a probe, the party said on Monday.

This follows an investigation into allegations that she has direct access to political party funds.

Seven of the nine provincial branches of Agang SA met on Sunday afternoon to table a motion of no-confidence against Ramphele.

Last week, it emerged the Agang SA leader and party chairperson Mike Tshishonga lodged conflicting fraud cases with police.

Officials were asked to investigate who opened an account for the party to receive a R200,000 refund from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

According to insiders, the account was opened to directly access the IEC deposit without a mandate from the party.

Agang SA Gauteng spokesperson Donald Tontsi says, "She [Ramphele] must actually step down until further investigations are completed by South African police.

"We will approach the courts to seek relief [if necessary] so that we can have stability in the party."

Ramphele has meanwhile hit out at those trying to "tarnish" her reputation, warning they will be disciplined.