Zille launches scathing attack on Ramphele after deal called off

2014-02-02 21:15
Agang SA leader, Mamphela Ramphele.(Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Agang SA leader, Mamphela Ramphele.(Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has made a scathing attack on Agang SA's Mamphela Ramphele in a statement issued to announce that the merger deal between the two parties was off.

It was announced last week that Ramphele would be the DA's presidential candidate.

However, said Zille, at a meeting on Sunday to finalise the terms of the agreement, Ramphele reneged on the deal, saying she would no longer be the party's presidential candidate.

Zille said it was rare for a political party to offer the position of presidential canditate to a leader from another party, but the DA believed that it would be in the best interests of South Africa.

She said that the DA had negotiated with Ramphele in good faith and that they had been through many false starts in the past. However, after her acceptance of the offer, the DA had thought that she had finally made up her mind.

"By going back on the deal, again, just five days after it was announced, Dr Ramphele has demonstrated - once and for all - that she can't be trusted to see any project through to its conclusion," Zille said in a statement.

She also said that Ramphele had been playing cat and mouse with the media, Agang supporters and the DA, telling each a different story.

"It is not clear what her objective is, but whatever it is, it is not in the interests of the South African people."

The DA has said that it will hold a media briefing on Monday morning in Johannesburg.

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