Zille to give Ramphele an ultimatum

2014-02-02 07:25
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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I'm not a member of the DA - Ramphele

2014-01-29 16:08

In an exclusive video interview DA presidential candidate Mamphela Ramphele clears up the confusion around being a presidential candidate for the DA while remaining Agang SA’s leader. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille is expected to give Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele an ultimatum on Sunday - that she abide by their agreement or return to her party.

According to the Sunday Times, senior DA leaders met on Saturday to discuss the party’s relationship going forward with Ramphele.

This comes after the confusion that arose in the days following the media conference on Tuesday to announce Ramphele’s status as the DA’s presidential candidate.

On Friday the DA issued a joint statement to say that Ramphele and Agang SA members would be welcomed into the DA. Ramphele hit back, stating that she had not agreed to the earlier statement.

The Sunday Times reported that sparks began to fly between the two leaders even before Tuesday’s press conference. Shortly before the event, a heated telephonic discussion allegedly took place during which Ramphele said she had come up with a uniquely South African solution and that she would remain Agang leader and presidential candidate as well as the DA’s presidential candidate.

According to the DA’s constitution, a presidential candidate has to be a member of the DA in order to stand.

Message from Ramphele

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. It is Agang SA’s position that the technical committee must first complete its work. I am leader of Agang SA, and Agang SA will continue its work to restore the promise of our freedom."

Ramphele said the commitment she had made to Agang SA members in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Western Cape, stood.

"And I will continue to speak with all of our structures," she said.

Agang SA said on Friday, after the joint statement was issued, that the claim Ramphele would be joining the DA next week was premature.

"In fact, Dr Ramphele is on record as saying that she remains the leader of Agang SA, and that she will continue to campaign for the party," it said in a statement.

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