Former Managing Director of World Bank, Mamphela Ramphele, speaks during the Youth Engagement Summit 2009 in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
South Africa's Ramphele launches new political party
Posted : Monday, 18 February 2013 04:44AM
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Respected anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele launched a new political party on Monday to challenge the ruling African National Congress (ANC), saying Africa's biggest economy was "at risk" from a leadership preoccupied by self-interest.
Invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela and the hope and optimism that prevailed at South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994, Ramphele said the dream of the "Rainbow Nation" was dying under the ANC.
"Our society's greatness is being undermined by a massive failure of governance," she said.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by David Dolan)
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