Agang SA media briefing - As it happened

2014-01-29 09:44
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Agang SA is set to hold a media briefing on Wednesday following Mamphela Ramphele’s announcement that she will be the Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate.

Reports on Wednesday stated that many Agang members were left shocked by Ramphele’s move and its Gauteng secretary Yako Sakhiwo said the party would elect a new leader with whom to contest this year’s elections.

Many members had only heard about Ramphele’s decision via Tuesday’s media conference.

"I was with many other fellow leaders and members at our Braamfontein offices and we were all surprised. We even got calls from other party leaders and other provinces who were also surprised," said Sakhiwo.

10:51 - Yep, that is in fact that. 

10:44 - The briefing seems to be over. It seems so...

10:39 -

10:37 - The Agang crew is now singing about how they could be in Parliament were it not for Helen who interferes with other peoples affairs.

10:35 - "I don't want us to talk about DA as though it is leprosy. We just want to talk to our leader. We don't doubt her."

10:32 - Tlouama: "A political party that takes decisions without robust debate is nothing bit dictatorship."

10:30 - "We are united. There is no infighting. To say there is, is nonsensical."

10:29 - "Due process are about to unfold. The leader has been asked to address our structures. We are not here to castigate our leader."

10:28 - "As leadership from provinces, we will engage our leader. We are not going to discuss policy issues."

10:26 - "We will embark on a roadshow from province to another in terms of future plans."

10:25 - Agang leaders insist there is no merger with the DA.

10:24 - "This is the future, the future of this organisation depends on members of this organisation."

10:24 -  We should refrain from using the word betrayed. We are waiting for our leader to consult us. Don't feel betrayed. It's fair to ask."

10:23 -  Officials: "We are not a breakaway party, we are a political leadership of the organization."

10:21 - Leadersat briefing insist they are not a "splinter group" or a group of dissidents.

10:20 - Asked if the party is broke, leaders say: no. We have offices. We have paid our rent (but not bought carpets).

10:20 - 

10:17 - Provincial leaders say Ramphele has not been expelled. 

10:16 - Members say Ramphele remains their leader until she submits her resignation letter.

10:15 - Agang members insisting they were not consulted on Ramphele's decision.

10:12 - Tlouama: This party isn't one person. It isn't Ramphele alone - we are all Agang.

10:11 - Tlouama: We have structures and processes to arrive at decisions. Merging with DA can't be something decided by one person.

10:06 - 

10:06 - Tlouama: "As far as we know we are still a party that autonomous. We must be consulted on any change."

10:04 - "We respect and love Ramphele. We are going to give her a chance to explain her decision."

10:02 - "There are rumours Ramphele will be DA's presidential candidate,we heard that in the media. But she's OUR leader."

10:01 - Tlouama: "We are giving our leader a chance to consult us. A chance to stop this [alliance with the DA]."

10:01 -  Tlouama: "The announcement made yesterday by Ramphele was made without consultation."

10:00 - Another party official, Agang SA representative Andries Tlouama, says Ramphele remains their leader. Thanks her for starting the party

9:58 - The party's Gauteng leader, Shamani, starts briefing. Says all provincial structures present for "a special announcement on a beautiful day".

9:56 - About 40 Agang members are present at the briefing. They're singing and chanting. "Makwala acheche!" they sing. It means: "Get out of our way, you cowards!"

9:50 - The ANC's Gwede Mantashe calls the DA's move a "rent-a-black" and says Agang was "stillborn". Get the details here

9:48 - We're greeted by gutted office with no carpeting or furniture, says eNCA's Nickolaus Bauer.

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

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