Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
In only five days following the announcement that esteemed academic and multi-millioner business woman turned a politician, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, will stand as the
Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate in the 2014 general elections, today, Sunday 2 February 2014, it has emerged that the deal between the two parties is off.
At the time of Mamphela accepting the DA’s invitation to stand as the party’s presidential candidate, Helen Zille described the moment as a “game changing moment for South Africans.”
She went further to say: “I know Mamphela as a principled, fiercely determined person who loves her country deeply and devotes her life to the cause of making democracy work.”
But today, only five days down the line, Zille sings a completely different tune as the deal that was sealed with a kiss shall not material into a reality anymore.
“Dr Ramphele reneged on the agreement that she stand as the DA’s presidential candidate.
“By going back on the deal, again, just five days after it was announced, Dr Ramphele has demonstrated-once and for all- that she cannot be trusted to see any project through to its conclusion. This is a great pity.
“Since Tuesday’s announcement, Dr Ramphele has been playing a game of a cat and mouse -telling the media one thing, Agang supporters another thing, and the DA another. It is still not clear what her objective is, but whatever it is, it is not in the interests of the South African people,” DA leader Helen Zille said in a statement.
Dr Ramphele has since poured cold water on claims that she will be joining the DA-a move that confused many people and left tongues wagging.
“You may have now seen the ‘joint’ statement issued by the DA in which certain claims have been made. These are not statement that I have agreed to.
“I am a leader of Agang SA, and Agang SA will continue its work to restore promise of our freedom,” Dr Ramphele said in a statement released on Friday 31 January.
It was this statement that gave ammunitions to political commentators across the country that the merger between the DA and Agang SA may not work.
The African National Congress’ secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, has since described the merger as a “rent-a-leader and a rent-a-black-face” situation.
The democratic Alliance is expected to hold an urgent press statement to clear the air to the public.