Ramphele taking us where we never wanted to go – Agang official

2014-01-29 08:23

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Agang SA intended electing another leader to contest the general election, a Gauteng official has said.

“Our leader is taking us where we never wanted to go. If she wants a merger with the DA, she should have consulted us first,” acting Agang Gauteng secretary Yako Sakhiwo told The New Age newspaper.

He said most Agang SA members learnt via TV of its founder Mamphela Ramphele’s decision to become the DA’s presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections.

“I was with many other fellow leaders and members at our Braamfontein offices and we were all surprised. We even got calls from other party leaders and other provinces who were also surprised,” said Sakhiwo.

He said the political party, formed by Ramphele about a year ago, would still contest the elections with another leader.

Some senior DA members complained to Afrikaans daily Beeld that they too had to find out about Ramphele’s move in the media.

“It is being forced on to us,” a member of Parliament who was not named told Beeld.

Ramphele said the decision not to inform members was “what visionary leadership is”, according to Joburg daily The Star.

“Obviously, we haven’t consulted the last village, the last township where we have been and are active. But the leadership of Agang in the provinces have been abreast.”

Ramphele denied she was joining the DA because her own party was going broke, saying “the only party that is bankrupt is the ANC, which is morally bankrupt”.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe described the development yesterday evening as a “rent-a-black, rent-a-leader. We can’t be concerned about that”.

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