Ramphele will be DA presidential candidate

By admin
28 January 2014

Political party Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele will be the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections, DA leader Helen Zille announced on Tuesday.

"I can announce today that Dr Mamphela Ramphele has accepted the DA's invitation to stand as our presidential candidate in the 2014 general election," Zille told reporters in Cape Town.

"This is a game changing moment for South Africa," said Zille. "I know Mamphela as a principled, fiercely determined person who loves our country very deeply... I can think of no better person to be our presidential candidate in this crucial, tipping point election," said Zille. Even ANC supporters wanted political change, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said on Tuesday.

'Good people in the ANC have reached out to us, but are scared'

"Good people in the ANC have reached out to us, but are scared," she told reporters in Cape Town.

"Good business leaders have reached out to us but are nervous."

Ramphele said millions of people wanted to make a different choice in this year's election.

"This is your government-in-waiting.

"I will not lead you, not lead us, nor lead South Africa on the path of conflict but of commitment -- to you, to your children, to health, to high quality education and job opportunities," she said flanked by Zille.

Talks between Agang SA and the DA have been going on "continuously," Zille said.

"The truth is we have been interacting continuously... you look at different formats, you go through different options...

"We have an agreement politically, we just need the technical details worked out," Zille said.

Zille said former president Nelson Mandela's death had changed many things for South Africa.

Ramphele added: "I am the bridge between my generation who fought for freedom and the new generation which now needs to lead.

"The ANC is fracturing along all the broad-church lines," said Ramphele.

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