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WATCH: Mamphela Ramphele gets candid about failures of post-apartheid government

Written by: Qama Qukula

Author, activist and political thinker Dr Mamphela Ramphele revealed what she believes have been the biggest socio-political disappointments in South Africa since the dawn of democracy.

Dr Ramphele says she is saddened that South Africans are still unable to live the dream that inspired her generation to fight against the apartheid regime.

Ramphele recently published a new book called Dreams, Betrayal and Hope which critiques the current state of affairs in South Africa.

She weighed in on South Africa's troubled education system, post-apartheid government, President Jacob Zuma, the ANC, Fees Must Fall campaign, decolonisation and the failed DA-Agang merger.

Sadly, 23 years down the line, we have failed to change the lives of 80% of South Africa's people.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

The most painful reality and what I call the greatest betrayal is our failure to transform the education system.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Successive government since 1994 have failed to manage the transition from apartheid education... to one that enables young people to be proud contributors to this beautiful country.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Ramphele says post-apartheid government failed to address the inferiority complex created by apartheid education system.

She says the ANC has been unable to manage the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) because they fear losing the vote of members.

The ANC has chosen to remain in power with the help of Sadtu, at the expense of making teachers more accountable and focused on their performance as teachers.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Ramphele also reflected on the shortcomings of Zuma and the ruling party, and the various commitments she says that they have not achieved or implemented.

The most fundamental reason for post-apartheid government's failure to live the dream is the failure to make the transition from liberation politics.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Zuma hasn't even adopted the role of being a citizen of Constitutional democracy, let alone the role of being a guardian of that Constitution.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

President Zuma is compensating himself for sacrifices he made during the struggle... That is not compensation, that is theft.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

As citizens, we are driving this Constitution without a licence.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Ramphele delved deep into her "miscalculated" decision to enter into party politics through the vehicle of Agang.

WATCH: Dr Mamphela Ramphele in conversation with Pippa Hudson

Alternatively, take a listen to the engaging discussion with Ramphele:



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