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“Merger” carries a huge connotation for DA and Agang SA

28 January 2014, 12:49

As the news that various opposition parties were in talks about a possible merger gained immense traction in the media, I had an interesting political deliberation with one of the prominent politician whose party was also reported party to those talks. I asked her whether they consulted their members before entering in talks or the decision was taken at an executive level without consulting their constituencies. I also asked her whether they did a survey or a feasibility study to ascertain the viability of such merger. In both questions, she answered with a definite ‘no’.

As the Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced the Agang SA leader Dr Ramphela Mamphela as its presidential candidate for the upcoming 2014 General Elections, one is left amused by the decision, more so, given that the party’s Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko made it clear that she would like to be the country’s president in 2014. This begs the question: where does this put her? Is she willing to play second fiddle to someone who has been parachuted to the top by virtue of being a close of the party leader, Helen Zille? Only time will tell. Isn’t this an impetus for internal squabbles?

The DA is desperate to topple the ruling African National Congress (ANC) so much that it ropes in all-and-sundry in its ranks, despite having not proven themselves before being parachuted to the high echelons. What about those members who have been loyal to the party for many years? In Patricia de Lille, Mazibuko and Ramphela, Zille surround herself with all-women sycophantic cabal.

Clearly, both Zille and Ramphela are taking South Africans for a ride. How come the DA chose Ramphela as its presidential candidate, without the two parties having merged? Perhaps, the word “merge” carries a huge connotation for the come out publicly and state that they have merged.

One feels sorry for the poor Agang SA adherent supporters who wasted their time and energy with the party. It has been swallowed by the DA as it did with the Patricia de Lile’s ID.

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