Ramphele leaves politics

The businesswoman said she achieved her role of creating a political vehicle for those outside the mainstream.

Mamphela Ramphele said she created a political vehicle for those outside the political mainstream. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphel e on Tuesday announced she is leaving party politics.

She said she achieved her role of creating a political vehicle for those outside the mainstream.

In a statement released by Ramphele, she said she decided to leave politics and return to working on transforming society into a more just and prosperous place.

The academic said those who are still in Agang must continue to strengthen and build the party.

The party received half a percent of the votes in the elections two months ago.

In June, Ramphele was told to resign pending a probe.

This after it emerged she had direct access to party political funds.

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

Last week, the party said it obtained a court interdict preventing all its provincial structures from removing Ramphele from her position.

She's also been criticised for apparently appointing members to represent the party in Parliament without consultation.