Ramphele not fit for politics

30 January 2014

The announcement by the DA to nominate Dr Mamphela Ramphele as its presidential candidate has not come as a surprise to many SADTU members. Dr Ramphele and DA’s Helen Zille are birds of the same feather which flock together. They share the same political, economic and above all, education views. They both share a deep disrespect for teachers more specifically SADTU members.

In 2012, Ramphele called SADTU members drunkards, drug addicts and indebted to no end. When the 2013 Matric results were announced and the Western Cape was not at the top, Zille called for an audit of the exams as she could not believe that black dominated and previously disadvantaged provinces could make it to the top.

We may not be members of Agang SA but it is clear to everyone that this party was established and run by an unprincipled and self centered person. Ramphele simply walked out to her “friends” and left many of her followers confused. As a leader, she first should have consulted with her people before making her announcement on the media.

We also urge her to stop treating herself as custodian of the legacy of the late world icon and peace maker Nelson Mandela, by accusing Government and the ANC of betraying it. Was Agang SA too small for her to fulfill Madiba’s legacy? Was abandoning her organization without an explanation in the interest of her members or self?

Ramphele has failed her first test in leadership even before the elections by grabbing the first stick of carrot dangled in front of her by the DA. “She is an academic by profession but a political hypocrite at heart. We urge her to go back to her world of academia and business which perhaps has a room for people to deceive and exploit others,” Mugwena Maluleke, SADTU General Secretary said.

Issued by SADTU Secretariat