‘Donor not behind DA-AgangSA decision’

Johannesburg - The DA denied a report on Tuesday that a donor was behind the merger talks between the DA and AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele, opposition spokesman Mmusi Maimane said.

DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane.File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

“There can be no donor that can force us to make such a decision,” he said.

“There never has been and there never will be.”

Maimane was reacting to a report in The New Age that a mystery international donor was key to talks between Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Ramphele.

The newspaper quotes Ramphele as saying: “A donor pushed the DA and Agang SA together.”

AgangSA spokesman Mark Peach could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last Tuesday the DA announced that Ramphele would be its presidential candidate for upcoming elections. However, confusion arose on Friday when Ramphele said she had not agreed to become a member of the DA.

On Sunday evening the DA said that Ramphele had backtracked on their agreement.

Maimane said he could not reveal who any of their donors were.

He said the allegations were “far-fetched”. - Sapa