Maimane: Donor not behind DA-Agang talks

2014-02-04 08:53
Mmusi Maimane (Picture: Beeld)

Mmusi Maimane (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg -The DA denied a report on Tuesday that a donor was behind the merger talks between the DA and Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele, the party’s spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said.

"There can be no donor that can force us to make such a decision," he said.

"There never has been and there never will be."

However, DA leader Helen Zille confirmed to Radio 702 breakfast host John Robbie on Tuesday morning that a donor put pressure on Ramphele to merge Agang with the DA.

Zille would not say who the donor was.

The DA leader later tweeted: “Just about every donor told Mamphela they would not fund Agang, with almost identical politics to the DA. Makes sense for united opposition.

“And by the way, it was not only one donor that put pressure on Mamphela. It was every donor. They want a united, strong opposition.”

The New Age on Tuesday reported that a mystery international donor was key to talks between Zille and Ramphele.

The newspaper quotes Ramphele as saying: "A donor pushed the DA and Agang SA together."

Agang SA spokesperson Mark Peach could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last Tuesday the DA announced that Ramphele would be its presidential candidate for the upcoming elections. However, confusion arose on Friday when Ramphele said she had not agreed to become a member of the DA.

On Sunday evening the DA said that Ramphele had backtracked on their agreement.

Maimane said he could not reveal who any of their donors were.

He said the allegations were "far-fetched".

Read more on:    agang sa  |  da  |  mmusi maimane  |  helen zille  |  mamphela ramphele  |  politics  |  elections 2014
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