THE African National Congress (ANC) is concerned that civic activist Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang initiative could be funded by foreigners with a plan to destabilise South Africa, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

In a brief interview, he said the ANC was concerned that Dr Ramphele’s plans were "announced in America first". "That’s a strange phenomenon," he said.

He said it was easy for "undefined movements" to receive foreign funding, which was meant to destabilise a country.

While the ANC received foreign funding during the anti-apartheid struggle, that dried up after the 1994 elections, he said.

Mr Mantashe said the ANC did not see her initiative as an electoral threat, although it took it seriously enough, the same way it viewed other political parties.

Further, Dr Ramphele’s initiative was still ambiguous. "It’s a party political platform. I can’t make sense of that," he said. From the available information, he said it appeared that Dr Ramphele was driven by a grievance, instead of a fully conceptualised plan to form a party with clear policies.

"We don’t know its (Agang’s) policies. At this point it’s based on grievance. All the people who have a grievance must go to her. Political parties are driven by a vision. People must say this is an alternative vision."