It is time for South Africa’s opposition to collaborate
A new party has appeared on South Africa’s monolithic political scene. After months of speculation, Mamphela Ramphele, a veteran activist and former managing director at the World Bank, has finally chosen to step into the fray. The exact policies of her new force, called Agang, are yet unspecified. But Ms Ramphele has made it clear that she wants to challenge the hegemonic African National Congress in next year’s elections.
South Africa has much to gain from greater political competition. Under the leadership of president Jacob Zuma, the ANC has turned into a network of patronage and has failed to stem corruption. In spite of growing discontent among party members, Mr Zuma used his well-oiled campaign machine to see off a weak challenge from Kgalema Motlanthe, his deputy, in December’s leadership contest.