DA, Agang to announce merger plans

2014-01-31 14:06
Mamphela Ramphele and Helen Zille address a media conference in Cape Town. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Mamphela Ramphele and Helen Zille address a media conference in Cape Town. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Ramphele: There is no merger right now

2014-01-29 16:39

In an exclusive interview with News24, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has clarified that her party and the DA have not officially merged, and she is not a DA member.WATCH

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance and Agang SA will next week formalise the integration of the two parties following Mamphela Ramphele's decision to stand as the official opposition's presidential candidate.

Ramphele and DA leader Helen Zille said they would on Tuesday embark on a road show to muster support for the merger, starting with a march on employment creation in Johannesburg.

"On Tuesday, 4 February, we will embark on the 'Together for Change' road show to start with the 'March for Six Million Real Jobs' on that day in Johannesburg," they said in a joint statement.

"From there, we will travel across the country to engage with South Africans in all communities, and showcase our shared vision of the future - a place where every person has the freedom and means to achieve their dreams."

In the meanwhile, the two parties would work out the technical details of how they will integrate.

"During this time, the technical committee will be meeting to finalise arrangements to integrate our respective parties. When their work is complete, we will be in a position to make a public announcement on the details of this historic partnership."

A year after launching Agang SA, Ramphele announced on Tuesday that she would front the DA's 2014 election campaign in a bid to change the country's political landscape and consign race politics to "the dustbin".

Zille conceded that the decision had not been canvassed with the parties' grassroots structures.

A press conference will be held on Monday to welcome Ramphele, a former World Bank director and prominent academic, to the DA.

- SAPA
Read more on:    agang sa  |  da  |  helen zille  |  mamphela ramphele  |  politics  |  elections 2014
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