Ramphele packs NMMU lecture hall

Nwabisa Makunga

AGANG SA leader Mamphela Ramphele fired up her campaign in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, warning university students to fiercely reject being labelled as irrelevant and illegitimate citizens because they believed in excellence.

Speaking to a packed lecture hall at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Ramphele said: “There is a culture of making academics illegitimate. So if you excel, then there is something wrong with you because the rest of us are mediocre. You must absolutely reject that.”

While some hailed her for inspiring them, others said her talk was nothing more than philosophical babble meant to psych them up and offering no solutions.

Flanked by young volunteers, Ramphele, a newcomer to South Africa’s post- democratic politics, is targeting young citizens whom she believes are more eager to develop the country than their parents.

Agang SA will contest next year’s general election.

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