DA, Agang plan own press meetings

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance and Agang SA are expected to hold separate press conferences in Johannesburg on Monday, 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

Mamphela Ramphele. File picture: Mike Hutchings. Credit: Reuters

However, confusion arose on Friday over Ramphele's joining the DA.

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

However, following the joint statement being issued, a message from Ramphele was uploaded on to Agang SA's website.

“You may have by now seen 'joint' statements issued by the Democratic Alliance 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.”

On Sunday, Zille said Ramphele had reneged on the agreement to be the DA's presidential candidate at a meeting on Sunday despite the party negotiating in good faith. - Sapa