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Leader of Agang Mamphela Ramphele. Picture: Chris Collingridge

Cape Town - Agang SA on Monday refused to confirm or comment on its two candidates for Parliament, amid a vote of no confidence in its leader Mamphela Ramphele.

“I'm not answering that at this stage. There are processes in place to resolve the matter,” said party spokesman Mark Peach.

He had been asked to confirm Parliament's announcement on Monday that Michael Tshishonga and Andries Tlouamma would represent Agang SA after Ramphele decided not to take up her seat in the National Assembly.

Ramphele announced last week that she was taking a break from politics after a fraught election effort by Agang SA, marred by her short-lived decision to stand as the Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate.

At the same time as the announcement, she said national youth forum co-ordinator Nyameka Mguzulo and chairman Mike Tshishonga would take up the parliamentary seats.

However, when the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) released the final list of party members being sent to Parliament on Friday, Ramphele was listed first and Tlouamma second.

Peach said he would only be at liberty to clarify the “issue” on Tuesday.

He confirmed that some party members had recently put forward a motion of no confidence in Ramphele.

“It was only two regions out of five in Gauteng and certainly not the rest of the country. It was Tshwane and another region. A small handful of people,” he said.

Asked what would happen following the motion and press conference held by the regions, Peach replied: “What would any organisation do if two small groups decided to do what they did?”

He rejected reports that Ramphele was leaving the party and said her break would constitute “a matter of days or weeks”.

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