Separate briefings for DA, Agang after merger fails

2014-02-03 08:23

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Agang SA will hold separate press conferences in Johannesburg today with their proposed political union lasting less than a week.

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

But confusion arose on Friday over Ramphele joining the DA.

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

However, after the joint statement, a message from Ramphele was uploaded onto Agang SA’s website.

“You may have by now seen ‘joint’ statements issued by the DA 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.”

Yesterday, Zille said Ramphele had reneged on the agreement to be the DA’s presidential candidate at a meeting despite the party negotiating in good faith.

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