Ramphele: This is an astonishing moment for SA

2014-01-28 11:01

Cape Town - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has described her decision to be the DA's presidential candidate as an "astonishing moment" in South Africa's history.

"I believe that this decision is in the best interest of South Africa as we head into turbulent waters," she told reporters in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"Today is another astonishing moment in what we offer to the people of South Africa, and once again, to the world...

"We are the government in waiting," said Ramphele, flanked by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille.

Earlier, Zille said: "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."

"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, Ramphele said.

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

"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.

- Watch a clip of Mamphela Ramphele, filmed earlier this month, discussing Agang’s finances.

  • Jonathan Paul Spanos - 2014-01-28 11:03

    Check and mate...

      Fister Bear - 2014-01-28 11:10

      Fricken LOVE it!!! Go DA and Ramphele... Blow Zoomer out the water!

      Michael - 2014-01-28 11:12

      You and I wish together .. but our country is not ready for it... not being a pessimist, but it won't happen now! Ramphele should just take over the DA for the next term... and let's see from there. Remember also, we have not seen this lady's political weight... she just might be hitting above her class

      Bheki Dladla - 2014-01-28 11:17

      Now here is an educated woman who will root out all the corruption this country has seen. the fact that she is educated brings me some much needed hope.

      Rupeshhari - 2014-01-28 11:19

      So will the new party's name be Da gang....unless Rashid Stagie has already taken that name. Good move, hopefully it brings more vote the gang.

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-01-28 11:19

      I am not sure about this lady, she doesn't really have a track record, I doubt if she will make that much difference but we will see at the polls thou.

      Prudent Maxazi - 2014-01-28 11:20

      I wish I could be afly at Luthuli House at this very moment.... am really curious..

      Stig De - 2014-01-28 11:23

      What I like about this woman is she didn’t wait for us to vote for her first and merge with DA, so she never betrayed us, I guess EFF is the only option now

      Punungwe - 2014-01-28 11:28

      I do not say why people are saying the move will split the vote. In SA's system Agang supporters can vote Agand, DA supporters can vote DA, when parliament elects president MPs for both parties can then vote Ramphele. In fact, the MPs of other parties too can vote Ramphele. The issue is that the opposition combined as a whole (DA, Agand, EFF, FFp, IFP, ACDP, COPE, etc) should campaign to get to reduce they ANC's share below 50% if they want anyone other than an ANC president.

      Ardi Coetzee - 2014-01-28 11:32

      Best. News. Ever. Wouldnt be surprised if the Rand jumps to an alltime high overnight. Zuma, Malema, your fate is sealed. Long prison sentences coming your way.

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-28 11:44

      @Luvuyo Ntitsolo.. At least she is well educated, and not like that dumb f**k zuma. who barely got a standard 3

      Jobe Bacwadi - 2014-01-28 11:55

      I will accept DA has changed only if they join EFF.

      Pierre Pretorius - 2014-01-28 12:07

      @Tefelo - the only sell-outs in this country, are the shameless ANC thieves, that have sold the countries most desperate people down the river - all for some power and money. Time to wake up ANC sheep.

      Punungwe - 2014-01-28 12:38

      Are people aware that Mamphela was Steve Biko's partner? That is a powerful brand to be carrying around.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2014-01-28 13:25

      @ Michael - You talk like a loser. The time to do things is now, at this critical juncture in the country's history. NOW is the time to get rid of the anc and that #$%^&* of a president. "not a pessimist but" sounds like a loser. Boycott the anc Vote DA/Agang

      HereXVII - 2014-01-28 14:37

      The LEAST these two woman can possibly do for South Africa is probably more then the ANC can ever achieve at this point in time. This news sparks so much hope. I'm wishing so hard they will win the elections. Not for my own sake but for the sake of SO many South Africans who are suffering under a ignorant, unintelligent and corrupted government.

      Babs Putar - 2014-01-28 14:46


      Mathilde Du Plessis - 2014-01-28 21:44

      @ Luvuyo. This lady is a powerhouse and has a brilliant track record. She can run intellectual rings around even the brightest South African. She was the life partner of Steve Biko, with whom she had two children. She is a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a one-time Managing Director at the World Bank, not to mention that she is a medical doctor, very well-spoken and thinks originally. Would you like something more in a leader?

      Martin-Cullen Maria - 2014-01-29 01:48

      PRESIDENTIAL REPRESENTATIVE MEANS: IF DA IS ELECTED RAMPHELE IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA !!! HOORAY !! Everything she said is absolutely true! We need change, we need positive change and together these 2 woman will turn the sinking ship into safe waters! All white South Africans, couldn't care less the colour of the president. What they want is a pilot that will steer the country to safety. Finish 'n Klaar! DA has my vote and I welcome Ramphele, the mother of the nation!!

  • Paul Mark Maarman - 2014-01-28 11:03

    Viva Ma Mamphela Ramphele !!

      Alan Gernet - 2014-01-28 11:41

      Hmmm Dr Ramphele (ex World Bank MD) vs Std 6 Plumbing student (Specialised in Showerhead fitments) vs Zimpopo Woodworker. Er - I know where the educated vote will go....

      Sam Sankambe - 2014-01-28 12:12

      Now they are going to call it Dagang. 2 losers together are the biggest losers

      Carling Blacklabel - 2014-01-28 13:08

      i just hope she believes in "the right person for the job" and not beeee and aa

      John Smith - 2014-01-28 14:47

      Fantastic !!! Next point on the agenda: Bring back the DEATH PENALTY !!

  • Vicki Malatse - 2014-01-28 11:03

    And where does this leave Agang

      Jon Low - 2014-01-28 11:10

      A small footnote in a history book. Agang is no more. Not that it ever was.

      Jean Tredoux - 2014-01-28 11:14

      Who cares... Ramphele just wasted money when she created the party.

      Markus Hagedorn - 2014-01-28 11:24

      Agang was founded as a "political movement" not a political party. Ramphele had been a political commentator more than any kind of candidate so she can join any party she wants.

      Markus Hagedorn - 2014-01-28 13:25

      Zille said in the press conference that they are in process of integrating the DA an Agang structures. It can only be a goo move because for once, people are working together.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2014-01-28 13:32

      This leaves Agang on the winning side! The anc are the big losers. Ha! Ha! Boycott the anc Vote DA

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 01:41

      Agang was a "political platform" (whatever that means) but nobody came to stand on it because there was no gravy train in the station.

  • Shivi Shanda - 2014-01-28 11:04

    Great news for each lady individually and for the party and the country as a whole. Good luck

      Martin-Cullen Maria - 2014-01-29 02:11

      I agree! What a smart move and the best one for the country. Both educated ladies with integrity and ethics ... something the ANC, EFF and the rest don't have. All we need now is to get the women of the nation to stand behind these to LADIES. Don't women outnumber men anyway? Lets get the ball rolling!!! Can someone organise a woman's march in support of Ramphella and Zillie ??

  • Samantha Lopez - 2014-01-28 11:04

    Go Ramphele. Let's sort this mess out.

      Martin-Cullen Maria - 2014-01-29 02:15

      Lets organize a woman's march of support for these 2 fine Ladies. What a brilliant move by DA and AGANG. It's called outsmarting your opponent. On the other hand, don't want to count chickens before they've hatched ... hence time to educate the woman of SA to support Ramphella + Zillie by peaceful marching...

  • Ndivhuho Munyai - 2014-01-28 11:04

    politics is a dirty game....

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2014-01-28 15:20

      Yes. The DA with Agang are going to clean it up!

      Martin-Cullen Maria - 2014-01-29 02:17

      No soap or water will clean the ANC with the dirt stuck to them in their dirty rotten games of " line my pockets, me and buddies first, and stuff you citizens."

  • Joel Mabeke - 2014-01-28 11:05

    I just join AGANG just last week and then this,no im joining EFF.

      Michael - 2014-01-28 11:14

      what if Agang and DA merge... and form a formidable party that can actually do something for a change?

      Sammy Swiegers - 2014-01-28 11:15

      Where do the core of the EFF come from? Did you ever ask yourself THAT question? They come from an ANC upbringing. What are they going to offer SA that is different from the ANC? The same, just more radical. Still less leadership qualities in important positions...

      Rupeshhari - 2014-01-28 11:21

      EFF is made up of the worst part of the ANC. At least ANC still has some good people. Joining EFF is like a death for SA. Agang, whether it is with or without DA is run by the second most capable woman in SA (Thuli must be first). MR just more than doubled her votes by this merger. Switching to anything else would take away the dreams you had for this country when you joined the gang.

      Koos van Gauteng - 2014-01-28 11:23

      Why Joel ? Do you hate the DA or white people that much ? I agree many of their supporters are racist, but atleast they have a record of getting things done and with Ramphele in charge the DA of today will change. Just like ANC changed with Zuma in charge. EFF is not bad, but I do not trust leaders who shouts shouts and take photos with the poor and drive back home in a fleet of luxury German sedans. We should have learned from our mistakes and it looks like EFF has no plans to do it.

      Watkykj - 2014-01-28 11:35

      Just proven your a blatant racist. Well done Joel. Your true colors are out

      Alan Gernet - 2014-01-28 11:42

      er - True colour you mean?

      Gregory Cooper - 2014-01-28 12:02

      u joined agang for a reason . . . why turn 180 degrees in the other direction and support someone who is the absolute opposite?

      Ritz40 - 2014-01-28 12:37

      Watkykj why do you say Joel is racist? I don't see any racist remarks from him, he is frustrated because the party he joined is no more. You sound racist with your comment.

      Carlo Rewan Booysen - 2014-01-28 12:40

      Joel, seriously? EFF!!! So, because Ramphele is white, you joining EFF?

      Carlo Rewan Booysen - 2014-01-28 12:43

      @Alan, color, the American spelling. Maybe his spell check is set on the American spelling. Every time I type in colour, it auto corrects it to color.

      Raymond Whittaker - 2014-01-28 12:53

      Please wait don't jump ship just give them a chance its worth it do not worry about racists on this site.

      Xolani Welcome Jele - 2014-01-28 13:58


      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:18

      Joel, you're full of it. Look at people's track records before you waste such a valuable thing as a vote.

      Antoinette Ludick - 2014-01-28 20:35

      You fool best you join the other EFF idiots!

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 01:49

      While Mamphela has a sparkling track record in other activities, her track record in politics is very unimpressive. Despite a personal wealth of R80 million (by her own admission), her Agang party couldn't last even one year before falling behind on its debts. It failed to pull any crowds of more than a few dozen curious onlookers. It produced no clear and unique policies aimed at fixing what is broken. All its "policies" are mere airy-fairy wish-lists, like "eradicate poverty" or "improve education", without any suggested method of how she plans to do this in practice. Plenty of sizzle, but no steak.

      Martin-Cullen Maria - 2014-01-29 02:24

      The EFF will be even worse than the ANC ... overnight they will destroy the country as you know. They are planning a socialist revolution and brainwashing their members with promises of free housing, free stakes in everything, free land, ownership of all businesses, mines, industries. Those don't conform will be murdered. Their goal is land up Russia did through Leninist Communism. Do you really want a Stalin type Dictatorship .. Do you even know that Red Communist murdered more people that all the people who died in both world wars. YES they murder 53,000,000 million citizens through communism. Surely you don't want that for South Africa do you? Everybody wants a job, a home, bread on the table and to live in dignity. All those things, is exactly what Ramphella and Zillie want and stand for. Try to rethink your views. Google Stalin and Communism. See what is happening in Zimbabwe how the ordinary citizens have suffered. Surely you cannot want such a horrible fate for you, your family, children and their children????

      Martin-Cullen Maria - 2014-01-29 02:37

      @Sammy Swiegers: EFF + ANC through YLCP are planning a Socialist Revolution. A RED OCTOBER REVOLUTION... we are not taking red balloons here, we are taking, taking a page directly out of Red Russian Communist - Lenin revolution. Google their sites, read the pdf.. it will stunn you. SA is in the very grasp of communism. They are brain-washing the youth of the country with promises of jobs, free houses, ownerships in business, mines banks etc. They denounce SA present economic system calling it evil. They plan on taking everything without payment claiming it as goverment property for the people! The people, like in Lenin + Stalins time will be nothing but an underpaid workforce through labour camps. YES! YES! YES! Read it yourself.. ANC are in cahoots funding it with tax payers money, the missing 5.3 billion rand... and disguise as rural land development.. the training camps for the so called throw over.... Visit the EFF site and see what they stand for... it will be a fight between ANC and EFF as to who will sit at the top of the final solution of their communist revolution planned! Thank GOD Ramphella and Zillie were smart enough to join parties to help pull the country away from the nightmare ANC and EFF, SACP are planning. I just hope enough people see this and will vote for DA GANG !!!

  • Bri - 2014-01-28 11:05

    whoop whoop!

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-01-28 11:06

    Were the Agang supporters consulted or was this just a decision taken at the executive level? Is Mamphele looking out for her own political career? Where does it leave those supporters who were not in favour of the DA in the first place?

      Jon Low - 2014-01-28 11:12

      They're DA now, or they're on their own. But there were so few Agang members anyway, it's hardly important.

      Erna - 2014-01-28 11:21

      At this important time before general elections, Agang was non existent.

      Tinabtlr - 2014-01-28 11:24

      Change your shirt and your headgear. Let the games begin. May the best team win, not the one that conspired with the bookies in China and India to fix the match.

      Alan Gernet - 2014-01-28 11:43

      Fact is - she is a very creditable and intelligent lady ... something SA politics needs!

      Barbara Vermeulen - 2014-01-28 12:02

      Her followers should trust her judgement in wanting what is best for this country. If her vision is the same as the DA's, it makes sense to join forces.

      Hansie Crook - 2014-01-28 12:07

      She is a very credible lady? OK It didnt take much for her to benefit hugely from BEE while she saw that it wasnt working for the rest of the black population. It also didnt take her much to jump in the sack with a married Steve Biko and have a baby by him. By the way what is Mamphele's stance on BEE and what is DA's stance on BEE??

      Rita Phillipson - 2014-01-28 12:36

      It's called ,oh yes, DIRTY politics. Do you think any other party practices some kind of clean POLITICS???

      Avela Khuluse - 2014-01-28 13:20

      @ Hansie, very good questions. everybody is just excited and not really looking into the matter. Miss thang Ramphele is as corrupt herself. are we forgetting that. and what about the agang members? are they happy with this decision?. @ Erna, if Agang never existed, then what is the point of the DA for merging with a `non existing` party? I bet you Zuma has grabbed popcorn and having a good laugh. I sense selfishness from ramphele and zille. Boosting themselves perhaps? has nothing to do with you folks, lets not get it twisted.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:22

      When two parties have the same ideals and aims it makes sense for them to merge.

  • Rebecca Smith - 2014-01-28 11:06

    what good news, I like this lady! Let's make SA a better place once and for all!

  • Amused Reader - 2014-01-28 11:07

    Decision made. What i do like is the way the DA are setting up the next election ..... Ramphele or Zuma for the union buildings?? Best of luck

      Maluleka Ngonyama - 2014-01-28 11:14

      The masses shall speack!!

      Alan Gernet - 2014-01-28 11:44

      if not spell ...

      Shawn Berry - 2014-01-28 13:30

      Maluleka: The masses can't spell!!

      Xolani Welcome Jele - 2014-01-28 14:02

      eish Maluleka,you see why we need educated people up there?LOL

      Tersia Louw - 2014-01-29 10:22

      Eish, Maluleka, to date the masses have just said blah, blah, blah, ANC, blah, blah, ANC. And then the masses got the government they deserved.

  • arischa.durrheim - 2014-01-28 11:08

    What a brilliant move for both parties!

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-28 11:08

    the da won't win. so, what sense does this make?

      BikoGuevaraHaniX - 2014-01-28 11:15

      It means we have more choice

      Gabrielle Brookstein - 2014-01-28 11:23

      It means that the ANC wont have the vast majority they have enjoyed in the past....and in a democratic country that is the best thing. Politicians will be accountable. Our constitution will remain in tack. And hopefully the Anc will catch a wake up to the err in their ways...maybe realise that they are doing the same thing the apartheid government

      michele.haiderzada - 2014-01-28 11:25

      Do you want a one-party-state? That's what an official opposition party prevents. But in Africa people can't quite grasp that concept.

      Ardi Coetzee - 2014-01-28 11:34

      @gabrielle: not good enough. DA must own this election and throw zuma in jail where his corrupt face belongs.

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-01-28 11:09

    DA Gang!!!

  • Amused Reader - 2014-01-28 11:09

    Credit to Helen Zille How many leaders will set aside personal ambition for the greater good. Zille has done it time and time again

      BikoGuevaraHaniX - 2014-01-28 11:15

      True, Zille is a real leader, she wills herself to put SA and others before her trivial power ambitions.

      Reine Marais - 2014-01-28 11:21

      The truth about Helen Zille is that it never was about personal ambition. It always has been about the greater good. Helen Zille wants South Africa to work. She wants South Africa to offer the best possible circumstances to all who live int it. She wants South Africa to be recognised as a viable place for overseas investors to invest. She wants the very best for our country. And she will do whatever it takes to make that happen, even at personal cost.

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-01-28 11:31

      credit for what now? she knew DA didn't have a chance with her as a candidate, I'm still not conviced the DA has one now

      konfab - 2014-01-28 12:54

      @Luvuyo That is where you are incorrect. The DA has done very well without Ramphele, now they will do even better.

      Tshepo Mogale - 2014-01-28 13:42

      I don't know dude I somehow trust Zille more than I trust Mamphele, I like Zille more than I like Mamphele. I'm not sure if it was a good move by the DA, we will see.

      Rocco DeWet - 2014-01-28 19:25

      Agreed. Like Helen Suzman before her, Helen Zille is an astounding and outstanding leader.

  • Thinking out loud - 2014-01-28 11:09


  • Danie Nel - 2014-01-28 11:09

    Briliant political move. Maybe there is still hope for South Africa.

  • Jong Wat - 2014-01-28 11:09

    Indeed. What a fantastic day this is indeed.

  • Renee Marais - 2014-01-28 11:09

    What a clever clever move at the right time, lets see what the Iron Ladies can do!!

  • Jeannine De Klerk Booysen - 2014-01-28 11:11

    I have goosebumps reading this - time for a positive change. Go DA.

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2014-01-28 11:11

    Give this morons in ANC a run for their money,we from EFF are tackling this morons as well from the other side,Gudluck DA

      mariannechris - 2014-01-28 12:42

      Great comment, thank you Solomon. Best wishes to you!

      Rita Phillipson - 2014-01-28 12:43

      Now that's a comment worth reading. Gudluck EFF. We all have duty to stop the rampant corruption and theft of taxes that should be used to provide good education, healthcare, services and transport. May the winner be South Africa.

  • Bongani Nsele - 2014-01-28 11:11

    what is this has she joined the DA now has she absconded from Agang without informing her executive it is not about a Black or white leader the two faced DA is missing the point again I will support any color person who stands for my interests Zille knows that she stands not for the interests of African people then she asks Dr Ramphele to front for the hidden hand

      Werner Nel - 2014-01-28 11:14

      Why is everybody flocking to the Western Cape then?

      Erna - 2014-01-28 11:24

      Bongani - do you even know what the DA stands for? All I know is that the ANC is NOT LOOKING AFTER THEIR OWN PEOPLE, only after themselves!

      Nzuzo Sigabi - 2014-01-28 11:46

      as long as they are going to rescue South Africa from this corrupt Gupta government

      Mike Hall - 2014-01-28 12:20

      Crawl back into your hole Bongani .You don't see the "wood for trees" Yo arrr dliiind toooo the faaaaaccts Eish

  • Shirley Bisschoff - 2014-01-28 11:11

    I am so pleased for the DA and Agang. Hoping and praying that this will be positive for South Africa

  • Dumisani Dladla - 2014-01-28 11:12

    No way she can go alone, EFF here we come

      Alan Gernet - 2014-01-28 11:47

      bye bye - an ethical Party doesnt need your type.

      Owen Wolf - 2014-01-28 12:54

      Sorry for you

  • BikoGuevaraHaniX - 2014-01-28 11:13

    Interesting times

  • Francois Van Wyk - 2014-01-28 11:14

    How can the black voter of SA not see that for the 1st time they have a credible alternative to the ANC? Already the whites in the DA are a it doesn't event take a gr6 to see that! The DA is now a majority BLACK party. Cmon people, for the 1st time your vote will have an EFFECT on your country. And if the DA fails, then vote the ANC back in after 4 years. Or are the voters in SA too stupid to see we can also have a domocracy like US, UK, AUS?

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-01-28 11:14

    What about Agang?. Good news though, very good news.

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-01-28 11:14

    What is the difference between Marthinus van Schalkwyk of the former NP and Mamphele Ramphele???? Political careerists.

      Koos Kotze - 2014-01-28 11:29

      ummm...except, she had a brilliant international career outside politics...

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:32

      What's a hore? Does that mean someone who has done his homework?

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:25

      Let's see: Van Schalkwyk led a party that actually won seats in parliament and, in the 2004 elections, attracted over one million votes. Ramphele created her own party with her own huge R80 million personal fortune, and in only eight months it had run out of money and couldn't pay its staff? It has not one member of parliament and the chances of it attracting one million votes is virtually nil. Those seem to be two very clear differences.

  • Motloo Jayjay Semenya - 2014-01-28 11:14

    Intresting times in SA indeed, however my opinion is that most of Agang supporters were driven from the DA in the First place and they just going back home. what would Steve biko say?

      BikoGuevaraHaniX - 2014-01-28 11:18

      Steve Biko would say - self determination means self choice. if you choose the DA good for you, if not.. good for you. Remember that BCM is not founded on anti anything, but rather pro "Lets get out the slums" theology

      Motloo Jayjay Semenya - 2014-01-28 11:31

      I Agree with the move. Biko would have agreed as well

      Lunga Mbangatha - 2014-01-28 11:44

      Biko will give a thumbs up!

  • Abram Russel Baloyi - 2014-01-28 11:15

    and Piet Pompies is the Agang SA presidential candidate

  • Reine Marais - 2014-01-28 11:15

    These two people, working as a team, are the only people who can bring South Africa back from the brink of disaster. This is the best news pertaining to our country that I have heard in a long while. Please, I beg you, vote for these people. They can and will make a difference if you give them a chance.

      BikoGuevaraHaniX - 2014-01-28 11:20

      Reine - dont be a doomsdayer.. SA is on no brink of anything. Too many Saffricans spend all day long fearmongering. but I am in agreement, this relationship may capture the middle class WOMAN. and I think there more of those than their equivalent men in SA

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-01-28 11:48

      Reine please read most of the comments on this page, It seems the most excited people on this page were always gonna vote for the DA anyways, I haven’t read a comment saying “thanks now I will vote DA”

  • Mia Brown - 2014-01-28 11:15

    They have my vote, but it's with gritted teeth because of how this arrogant, false and unpleasant woman (Ramphele) has sucked so many blindly gullible people in to believing she's the saviour of South Africa. It really is down to choosing the lesser of two evils, and since Zuma is the most evil, I have to go with the DA.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:42

      I have to wonder if she is not altogether self-serving too, why did she not openly join the DA right from the start if her ideals are the same as theirs? Was she holding out for the top spot? It doesn't mean it's compromising the ability of the DA to lead well and bring our country out of the hole the ANC have pushed it into, and politicians are almost always self-serving power seekers. Perhaps that ambition will serve us well though. We shall see. It also makes me admire Helen Zille even more, notice how she steps away from the top spot if it benefits the party and the country? The fact she backs Ramphele gives me some reassurance.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:28

      She created a "political platform", but the Gravy Train she waited for never pulled up alongside.

  • Scott Hunter - 2014-01-28 11:18

    Now we talking!!!!

  • Jeanet Mahaba - 2014-01-28 11:18

    DA GANG, there's a ring to this name. makes me think of a party that will legalise weed

      Akuku Juju - 2014-01-28 11:24

      Legalisation of WEED is long overdue....! Smoking weed is legal, selling weed is illegal, making transacting in Weed a crime. Convoluted logic to smokers like me.

      Seanred - 2014-01-28 12:41

      With you on this one. Power to the weed.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:44

      Live and let live as long as SHE's not on weed... we need some clear heads in government - which is where I hope she is this time next year!

  • Zama Mvulane - 2014-01-28 11:19


      Jimmy Don - 2014-01-28 12:00

      Wow what a brilliant equation you just made there sir, did you come up with it all by yourself and are you a nuclear physicist by any chance ?

      Lee-Anne Benjamin - 2014-01-28 13:33

      If that is the worst analogy you can up with, LMAO

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:47

      LOL! Daga seems to be very popular in our country (and the rest of the world) ... nothing scary there, Zama! Some people say it relieves pain, improves creativity, reduces aggression and creates employment. Probably JUST what our country needs right now hey?

      Judith Mellet - 2014-01-29 00:22

      This is what I love about us SAcans! Just as things become so serious that we start biting our nails... some bright spark says something funny, and then we all laugh for a bit. You made my day, Zama. This old lady wishes she could give you a big thank-you hug for making me laugh. Very clever!

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:29

      GADA -- In a gada da vida, honey...

  • Sean Fleischack - 2014-01-28 11:20

    Now is the time.

      Blanco Ntini - 2014-01-29 16:37

      The eleventh hour. Precisely 11:20 when you commented ;)

  • Rendani Papi Nemas - 2014-01-28 11:20

    cant she see that she is being used zille knw that they cant win thats y she standing for the premiership of western cape she knws they wont win the election thats y she is using dat old fart,before i thought that ramphelle is intelligent bt now i c dat she dumb

      Wehan Victor - 2014-01-28 11:22

      Care to explain exactly what is so dumb about her decision?

      Jacques Kleinhans - 2014-01-28 11:34

      Ramphele will gradually take over the DA-ship and lead SA to the True Democracy we've all been waiting for. Don't take my word for it, watch as it unfolds.

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:49

      Judging by your eloquence I can see that you wouldn't be capable of recognising her intelligence.

      Tersia Louw - 2014-01-28 17:51

      Rendani - that "old fart" is 63. Zuma is 71. Care to rethink your rudeness?

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:34

      63 is too old to be starting a political career with zero experience. Zuma may be 71, but he's been in parliament since 1994, so he was only 51 when he started.

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2014-01-28 11:20

    Watershed moment and a game changer for SA politics.

  • Dani Kalombo - 2014-01-28 11:21

    what happens to agang?

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:31

      Ramphele IS Agang.

  • Reino Botha - 2014-01-28 11:21

    The DA just got my VOTE...

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-01-28 12:28

      Who were you gonne vote for before this??

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:56

      Fair question. I would like to ask YOU Luvuyo, does the possibility of having Ms Ramphele as our country's president reassure you? Will you still vote the same way as you were going to anyhow or do you look at the past history, the potential and the record of those who present themselves for our vote? In other words are you a thinking, adaptable, intelligent voter or someone who resists change regardless of all indications that your present path may be the wrong one? Just asking.

  • Jaun Reid - 2014-01-28 11:21

    Awesome "Girl" power Ladies, well done! Our Prayers and Support will be with you every step of the way!

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 14:57

      I hope she lives up to all our expectations.

  • Sipho Gift - 2014-01-28 11:21

    The thug zuma days r numbered ayeye zoom zoom cancer

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-01-28 11:21

    This can work... as long as she disassociate herself from the stealing notions within the ANC government!!!

  • Phae Rayden - 2014-01-28 11:22

    Fanstatic! Thank you ladies, if you succeed we might just make it. The world is tired of bully boys leaders like Jacob and Julius, its time for womens guiding hands on crime prevention, education, health and service delivery. For the first time I think I can for something, rather than against.

  • Lynnette Guthrie - 2014-01-28 11:23

    Great strategic move. Now we can sit back, relax and see how ANC and EFF put their feet in their mouths on this.

  • Lebohang Letsoisa - 2014-01-28 11:23

    If you understand what neo-colonialism means, you'd realise this is a gain for white supremecy and a loss for black consienceness.... infact this is an insult to steve biko, his legacy will now be pissed on

      Wehan Victor - 2014-01-28 11:29

      I think Biko would be quite happy with this. Do you know what the connection between Zille and Biko is?

      Roger Harrison - 2014-01-28 11:34

      We are 20yrs on from your black/white thinking. The ANC has no black conscience, it only goes its corrupt ways and ignores its peoples welfare.

      Clint Hufkie - 2014-01-28 11:36

      No, I don't THINK Lebohang did any research before posting that comment.

      Timothy El Toro Filippa - 2014-01-28 12:20

      Lebohang, why are you still stuck in black/white thinking. You obviously an ANC supporter because you see everything in black and white. Stop being ignorant. What has your totally BLACK ANC done for SA? E-toll robbery, corruption, Nkandla....and for their own black followers: no water, pit latrines...and that 20 years on.

      Anton Dekker - 2014-01-28 13:19

      You obviously know nothing about Biko or 'Black Conciousness”, or you wouldn't have made such an idiotic statement! Do you really need a “white man” to teach you about Biko? Steve Biko was against any form of so-called “white supremacy” and “black inferiority”! He believed all people to be exactly the same, and he also believed that “black” people should redevelop their abilities, but most importantly their pride, and do things for themselves, because as long as they are dependent on “white” people for any progress, that progress is empty! Mamphela Ramphele's elevation to the presidential candidate position of the DA does exactly that. This moves states that “black” people doesn’t have to wait and be dependent on “white” people to make our democracy grow into a fully fledged DEMOCRACY! How can Mamphela Ramphele be an agent of neo-colonialism? What are you smoking? Go and learn your own history before making a fool of yourself! You are insulting yourself, your people, your history, and above all, one of the greatest freedom fighters and intellectuals this country has ever produced!

      Jake Carstens - 2014-01-28 13:21

      Why always play the race card. be glad there is now a party will will stick up for the PEOPLE of this country. get out of your bush and get a live. SA is moving forward, dont miss the bus

      Thato Morakganye - 2014-01-28 13:34

      Thank you Anton, am touched

      Lebohang Letsoisa - 2014-01-28 13:37

      So News24 deletes my comments, they dont want me to defend myself(Thats how whites want it, a defenseless field negro) @Anton, before you claim you have you have an idea of what is BC read books and works by Frantz Fanon(Especially the book "black skin white mask" 1959) this is the basic access point to understand BC. Please white folks, you can have your white arrogance and wealth but dont take away BC and commercializing it without understanding, we blacks dont have anything else

      Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2014-01-28 15:13

      You "don't have anything else"???? Really Lebohang? What a low opinion you have of black people. It is my opinion that black South Africans have FAR MORE than BC. It is defeatist thinking and playing the endless "blame-game" that holds any people back. Wake up! There is nothing in the world that can hold any South African of any race from being well educated, healthy, peaceful and prosperous by our OWN actions (not by handouts or aid or by given a head start)... STOP putting our nation down, you loser!

      Tersia Louw - 2014-01-28 17:54

      Lebohang, do you know what the connection between Ramphele and Biko is?

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:44

      Black Consciousness is represented by Azapo. Azapo, in the last 2009 elections, attracted only 27000 votes from 16 million voters, polling only around half as many votes as featherweight parties like Rajbansi's Minority Front, or Cassie Aucamp's extreme-right Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging. Let's just accept that "Black Consciousness" never caught on.

  • Kwajo Musa - 2014-01-28 11:23

    So Agang charity finally sold the souls of her loyal disciples voters who thought she the one to save or take them to better future. Well it was quick for her to take them back to their slave master. I bet she sold their souls for a sit in parliament what a bunch of looser are her followers before even attempting the first election alone. Now drive in the back wagon of your slave masters. Kwakwa, what an perfect urgent is Ramphela to give false hope to her disciples. ANC is the only home for all. Now Agang captain has abandoned her sinking ship. Those who left the ANC out of anger you are still well come to the only home you ever had. THE ANC heart is still open you are forgiven and the ANC is listening as always.

      Wehan Victor - 2014-01-28 11:26

      ANC Member?

      Roger Harrison - 2014-01-28 11:36

      Listening to whom exactly ?

      Clint Hufkie - 2014-01-28 11:40

      Politicians should be loyal to change and the country, not the party and it's own agenda..these women are here to improve the country and repair the damage caused by the ANC...please, don't get left behind.

      Koos van Gauteng - 2014-01-28 12:12

      Kwajo who is her slave master ? Show us the hart of the ANC please why does people have to die to get water from it, in my opinion it has a heartless proud breast. The DA might not be much better but we need to change fast and the EFF is not the answer. Listening, commissions and planning is not good enough anymore ANC, we need a dedicated humble action from our government not a heartless corrupt bureaucracy.

      Anton Dekker - 2014-01-28 13:23

      Do you know what the words "constitutional democracy" means? Do you realise that is what South Africa is? Do you realise this is is not a one party dictatorship? Do you know what your "VOTE" means, and why people died to give you that privilege?

  • Jacques Kleinhans - 2014-01-28 11:23

    Agang SA + DA = True democracy. I notice many are starting to see it. And that's good.

      Jabulani Samuel - 2014-01-28 11:31

      DA knows no democracy that's why they are not supporting equity acts and bee's nor they are interested in the balanced nation

      pilotinsurecoza - 2014-01-28 12:36

      OMG, all these fake accounts. This is my point exactly, the eff and anc pay these people to troll online all day. If they need to do this for votes, how easily will they hide things from you if ever given a seat in parliament....

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:46

      DA has supported AA legislation in parliament.

  • Jabulani Samuel - 2014-01-28 11:23

    She is so ambitious that she can combine with anybody as long that will support he attemps to be a president even AWBs are welcomed to her!

      Owen Wolf - 2014-01-28 12:42

      You an absolute fool Jabulani a racist uneducated fool

      Francois Van Wyk - 2014-01-28 13:14

      Jabulani, you obviously can use a computer. Now use that same brain and tell us dearie where all these stupid thought are coming from? To win the elections they will need an 80+% non white membership, at least 60% black. So where does your irrational fear come from? Who washed your brain ? oMo ?

      Jon Low - 2014-01-29 02:49

      The ANC have a former National Party chief leader currently serving as a full cabinet minister (Van Schalkwyk). And they have the current Vryheidfront-Plus right-wing leader (Mulder) serving as a deputy minister.

  • Alicia Riddles - 2014-01-28 11:24

    Love it vote for Dr Mamphela Ramphele

      FlouNul Boelie - 2014-01-28 13:09

      Okay, you can. I'll make up my mind later as none of the parties meets my criteria ie. No discriminatory legislation (see BEE and AA) and no marginalization of race groups (like VF+ wants). Still waiting for that party to rise.