Mamphela is a very interesting character and I don't mean to put her down in challenging the ruling party and others by establishing her own party and expressing her own views.
I listened with great interest to her criticism of the ANC around issues within the mining sector to which in other instances she had good points but then again I remembered that this is the woman who has failed modern South Africa from giving birth to its first automobile brand (Joule) as the Chairwoman of the government's TIA (The Innovation Agency) who has been given the responsibility and funding resources to make it a success.
But how precisely has she failed this project? This is a question the readers of this platform deserve an answer on.
TIA which is chaired by Mamphela who has been given powers of appointing its executive that reports to the board on its operational affairs which includes Joule which she left in the hands of innovators rather than commercials experts who possess the correct automotive markets understanding.
Joule remained a prototype and nothing that has seen the light of day as all that happened was resources spend on its modification whilst the sector internationally advanced on the alternative energy automobile projects which has since seen Joule technology as an ancient discovery which prompted one major state investor in the project to decide that they were pulling out as the project as it was no longer commercially viable.
It is at this juncture where I draw a conclusion that Mamphela has failed South Africa of its modern day automobile opportunity innovation and economic spin-offs that could have come with it should she had made it a success as she was given the authority and necessary resources to do so.
So for her to offer criticism on how the ruling party has made blunders in the sector is rather opportunistic and self serving as the mining sector continues to contribute significantly in the country's GDP and job market whilst Joule is collecting dust in the shelf with millions of Rands wasted which could have been better spend elsewhere.
Political Analyst of Wowos Club