Maimane: Donor not behind Agang-DA decision

By Drum Digital
04 February 2014

The DA has denied a report on Tuesday that a donor was behind the merger talks between the DA and Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele.

The DA denied a report on Tuesday that a donor was behind the merger talks between the DA and Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele, opposition spokesman Mmusi Maimane said.

"There can be no donor that can force us to make such a decision," he said.

"There never has been and there never will be."

Maimane was reacting to a report in The New Age that a mystery international donor was key to talks between Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Ramphele.

The newspaper quotes Ramphele as saying: "A donor pushed the DA and Agang SA together."

Agang SA spokesman Mark Peach could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last Tuesday the DA announced that Ramphele would be its presidential candidate for upcoming elections. However, confusion arose on Friday when Ramphele said she had not agreed to become a member of the DA.

On Sunday evening the DA said that Ramphele had backtracked on their agreement.

Maimane said he could not reveal who any of their donors were.

He said the allegations were "far-fetched". - Sapa

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