Presidential contender Mamphela Rampehele whose opposition movement disappointed in South Africa’s elections earlier this year has quit party politics.
She says she’ll be working in civil society to pursue her dream of transforming the country.
Mamphela Ramphele was the partner of black consciousness leader Steve Biko who was killed by apartheid police.
She went on to attain top academic and business positions in South Africa.’
Last year Ramphele formed the Agang party to oppose the ANC.
She showed her political naivite by pulling out of a power-sharing deal she’s struck with opposition leader Helen Zille.
Át the election in May, her party won half a percent of the popular vote.
She refused to be one of the party’s two representatives in parliament.
She says she plans to work through civil society for a more just and prosperous South Africa.
She says those who took Agang forward must continue to strengthen and build the party.
Her departure comes with Agang divided and some members intent on unseating her.
Last month Agang faction adopted a motion of no confidence in her leadership and questioned her leadership style. Ramphele retaliated by expelling those who attended that meeting.