AgangSA factions have eyes on the money

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

AgangSA’s newly-proclaimed leaders yesterday said they would “take action” to find out how their former leader Mamphela Ramphele spent R30-million she received as donations.

Ramphele founded the party last year, won just under 53,000 votes in the May 7 election, but quit the party on July 8. This led to other resignations on Friday, said the financially troubled party’s former spokesman Philip Machanick.

Its two MPs Mike Tshishoga and Andries Tlouamma yesterday dismissed the resignations as insignificant.

Tshishoga is the party’s interim president and said they planned to uncover how Ramphele spent the R30-million.

“We are going to investigate that. Where did it go to? We didn’t see it. We campaigned (before elections) and used our own money,” said Tshishoga.

Machanik confirmed Ramphele “raised R30-million in cash donations based purely on her own good name”. He also alleged that Tshishoga’s faction “appear to have access to unlimited funds from an unknown source”.

“It remains to be seen whether those financial resources will be employed to honour AgangSA’s obligations to its long-suffering creditors,” he said.

It was reported earlier this month that AgangSA has R12-million debt. Tshishoga could not confirm how they would pay the debt but dismissed Machanik’s claims.

“That’s insanity. We don’t have unlimited funds. From where? It’s rumour,” he said.

Tlouamma said Friday’s resignations were by party members who were loyal to Ramphele, “but had no support”.

“She appointed them. They lost and chose to resign. We don’t have a problem with that. But usually if you lose, you don’t resign. You are supposed to sit with us and you don’t run away,” he said.

Machanik also claimed AgangSA was “dead”, but Tlouamma retorted: “We are alive. We still have representatives in Parliament”.

Tshishoga added: “When we joined this party, we didn’t join because of another human being. If they are saying the party is dead because Ramphela is not the leader then they did not get the right message. It is foolish to drop out.

“There was a value that we aspired to. Those values still exist. The public still hopes that there will be a party that will do something about corruption which has become a culture in our country.”

Ramphele’s supporters are meanwhile encouraging other members to also resign. Machanik issued a statement from this faction on Friday.

It was sent out to “encourage likeminded members of the party to also resign and join us in a new civic initiative details of which will be announced in due course.”

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

One response to “AgangSA factions have eyes on the money”

  1. John McConnachie says :

    Hello Yazeed, It’s fascinating to read Tshishonga’s comment that he and his fellow hijackers are going to find out what happened to Agang’s money. If anyone has anything to answer for in that connection, it is Tshishonga (the much-vaunted ‘whistle-blower’ himself). I served on the Agang NEC of which Tshishonga was chairperson since March. Questions were asked on the NEC about the money and it was suggested that there should be a forensic audit. Tshishonga resisted the suggestions saying that there was no paper-trail to conduct a proper audit; that it would be very expensive and that it may result in individual’s being held personally liable (himself, perhaps?)! This can now be revealed because Tshishonga and his henchman, Andries Tlouamma, Agang’s Deputy President who was also on the NEC, have taken charge of the party and are now insinuating wrongdoing on the part of others. What remains to be seen is whether these ‘honourable’ people, now that they have succeeded in their hijack will honour Agang’s debts, calculated at +-R20m (including +-R1,5m to SARS). Knowing them as I do, I predict that they will not. Instead they will try to pin it on Dr Ramphele. And as for us ‘running away’ from Agang now that they are in charge, once again, knowing them as I do the more space I could put between us the better. Tshishonga and Tlouamma have much to answer for and I look forward to the day when they have to. I think that day is not far off.

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