Agang official: Party to elect new leader

2014-01-29 08:17
Mamphele Ramphele (File, Sapa)

Mamphele Ramphele (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Agang SA intended electing another leader to contest the general elections, a Gauteng official told The New Age in a report on Wednesday.

The party will hold an urgent media briefing at 10:00 to react to Tuesday's announcement that its leader, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, will run as the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate.

"Our leader is taking us where we never wanted to go. If she wants a merger with the DA, she should have consulted us first," acting Agang Gauteng secretary Yako Sakhiwo told the daily.

He said most Agang SA members learned via Tuesday's news conference of Ramphele's decision to become the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate in upcoming general elections.

"I was with many other fellow leaders and members at our Braamfontein offices and we were all surprised. We even got calls from other party leaders and other provinces who were also surprised," said Sakhiwo.

He said the political party, formed by Ramphele about a year ago, would still contest the elections with another leader.

Some senior DA members complained to Beeld that they too had to find out about Ramphele's move in the media.

"It is being forced onto us," a member of parliament who was not named told the Afrikaans daily.

Ramphele said the decision not to inform members was "what visionary leadership is", according to The Star.

"Obviously we haven't consulted the last village, the last township where we have been and are active. But the leadership of Agang in the provinces have been abreast."

Ramphele denied she was joining the DA because her own party was going broke, saying "the only party that is bankrupt is the ANC, which is morally bankrupt".

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe described the development on Tuesday evening that as a "rent-a-black, rent-a-leader. We can't be concerned about that".

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