By Sam Mkokeli
Citizens need to grab their power back from unaccountable politicians so they can restore SA to the "country of our dreams”‚ academic Mamphela Ramphele said on Thursday (07/02/2013) morning.
She was addressing the Benoni Aurora Rotary Club‚ while speculation intensifies that she will launch her own political party‚ with an announcement expected as early as next week.
She said South African citizens faced poverty and despair as the dream of freedom faded.
There was poverty under apartheid but South Africans could then "look forward to freedom and the promise of freedom”.
The African National Congress (ANC) had conflated the state and party‚ she said‚ and party bosses were not accountable.
A campaign would be launched soon to get a million signatures supporting a change from the current electoral system based on party lists. That had to be the main agenda.
"We should be on a campaign for a million signatures. That has to be the first order of business to change the electoral system‚” she said.
"You will soon be asked to sign‚” she said‚ answering a question from the audience about how this campaign would be started.
The lack of accountability had reached high levels‚ where officials were building mansions "equal to none”‚ "in a godforsaken village”.
Politicians were a law "unto themselves because you and I are not present in the process of governance”‚ she said. - © BDlive 2013