EC Agang backs Ramphele

The party leader was on Monday given 48 hours to resign pending a probe.

FILE: Agang SA's Gauteng branch says the motion of no confidence against Ramphele is uncalled for. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang SA in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday distanced itself from calls by some members for party leader Mamphela Ramphele to step down.

The party's Gauteng branch convened a special meeting at the weekend and tabled a motion of no-confidence against the academic and businesswoman.

Last week, it emerged Ramphele 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) following elections in June.

According to party insiders, the account was opened to directly access the deposit.

This was allegedly done without a mandate from the party.

Agang SA Eastern Cape spokesperson Philip Machanick says he is confident Ramphele hasn't done anything wrong.

"To interdict the president is completely without foundation and if they took this to court, they would make complete fools of themselves."

Machanick added the province backs Ramphele 100 percent.

The Agang SA leader was on Monday given 48 hours to resign pending a probe.