DA decision was rushed – Ramphele

By Drum Digital
03 February 2014

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele apologised for the unhappiness caused by her decision not to stand as the DA's presidential candidate, but said she made the right decision.

"I believed that we had the opportunity to transcend party politics and engage South Africans in a conversation about the future," she told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The last week has demonstrated that, for some, this new way of thinking about our future will be hard to achieve right now."

Ramphele said time for a partnership with the Democratic Alliance was not right.

“A week is a long time in politics. This has been the longest week for me,” she said.

Ramphele made a U-turn on Sunday night and dumped the DA.

A disappointed DA leader Helen Zille confirmed the about-turn, which comes five days after the two had reached a “game-changer deal”.

Zille describing it as a “sad day for democracy”.

In a late-night statement, she said Ramphele’s “cat and mouse” games since the deal was revealed on Tuesday was proof she could not be trusted.

The trust and commitment to our leader has changed. Sam Njela, National Field Director

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