Ramphele's candidacy is 'rent a black': ANC

By Drum Digital
29 January 2014

Gwede Mantashe said Ramphele's candidacy is "what we call 'rent a black' and 'rent a leader'".

The ANC is scoffing at the move by the DA  to name Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele as the party's presidential candidate ahead of elections this year, saying the choice is a "rent a black" ploy to present a multi-racial front to voters.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe was speaking on Tuesday after Ramphele accepted the nomination.

Mantashe said Ramphele's candidacy is "what we call 'rent a black' and 'rent a leader'".

Accepting the nomination Ramphele said: "This is a historic moment. We are going to take away the excuse of race and challenge the ANC to be judged on its performance.”

DA leader Helen Zille said the “old political formations” were becoming obsolete.

"There is no way a party with Mamphela Ramphele as presidential candidate will bring back apartheid," Zille said.

"South Africans will forgive the ANC many things," said Susan Booysen, a political analyst at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

She said voters are "not switching en masse" and that the ANC could benefit from celebrations this year commemorating 20 years since the end of apartheid.

The FF Plus said opposition coalitions in politics should be welcomed.

"The question is whether the merging of the DA and Agang will contribute to reducing the ANC's current dominance of South Africa's politics," party leader Pieter Mulder said in a statement.

"Dr Mamphela Ramphele has a political struggle past which gives her special credibility to recruit, especially black votes, which is out of the reach of the DA with their middle-class image."

However, he questioned whether Ramphele would be able to convince her supporters to vote for the DA.

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