DA, Agang to hold separate briefings

2014-02-03 07:02
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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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance and Agang SA are expected to hold separate news conferences in Johannesburg on Monday, with their proposed political union lasting less than a week.

On Tuesday, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille announced that Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele would be her party's presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections.

However, confusion arose on Friday over Ramphele's joining the DA.

According to a joint statement issued by Ramphele and Zille on Friday, the Agang SA founder would be welcomed into the DA at a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

However, following the joint statement being issued, a message from Ramphele was uploaded onto Agang SA's website.

"You may have by now seen 'joint' statements issued by the Democratic Alliance in which it is claimed that I will be accepting DA membership on Monday," she said.

"This is not true. Nor did I agree to any such statement."

On Sunday, Zille said Ramphele had reneged on the agreement to be the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate at a meeting on Sunday despite the party negotiating in good faith.

Agang SA’s conference is due to start at 09:00 while the DA’s will start at 10:00. Follow News24 for live updates of the conferences.

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