Mamphela Ramphele – Helen Zille: South Africa merger collapses

Mamphela Ramphele - Helen Zille: South Africa merger collapses

Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele speaks at a news conference with opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Helen Zille (R) 3 February 2014 Last updated at 10:08 Mamphela Ramphele and Helen Zille had said they represented South Africa’s unity A deal, which would have given South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) a black presidential candidate, has collapsed.

Last week’s agreement would have merged the DA with the Agang party of anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele.

Ms Ramphele had been put forward as the DA’s presidential candidate for this year’s elections.

The merged party had been billed as the strongest challenger to the ANC since it came to power in 1994.

Ms Ramphele was the partner of one of the veterans of the struggle against white minority rule, Steve Biko, who died in police custody in 1977. Despite the optimism at the launch of Agang in Pretoria in June 2013, the party has not made an impact DA supporters had hoped Ms Ramphele would have helped the party tap into voter dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC (African National Congress), under fire over corruption scandals and stubbornly high poverty levels. Analysis

It was a political marriage that some believed would transform […]

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