Cape Town - DA leader Helen Zille, who has been confirmed as
the DA's presidential candidate, says her party's short-lived alliance with Agang
SA leader Mamphela Ramphele will not harm its chances in the upcoming
According to the Cape Times, Zille said the aborted merger
will benefit the DA and cost Ramphele's party more votes.
The DA will gain one or two percent of the national vote
because Agang is gone, Zille reportedly said.
She added that the DA had moved on from what had been an embarrassing
episode for both parties, and that the failed deal with Ramphele had not caused
any ructions in the party.
Zille failed to rule out further talks with Ramphele, saying
she never says never, but DA officials told the Cape Times that the DA is "over
Meanwhile, Beeld reported on Tuesday that the DA federal
council over the weekend had placed Zille at the top of the party's election
In terms of the DA's constitution, the party leader is
entitled to occupy the first position on the candidate lists. The constitution
also makes provision for the party leader to be a premier or mayoral candidate.
Despite the failed deal with Ramphele, DA officials accepted
Zille's detailed explanation of the move, and were reportedly keen to guard against
uncertainty ahead of the May elections, unanimously endorsed Zille as the
party's presidential candidate.