South Africa – Zille says Ramphele was a risk worth taking

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Zille: Ramphele was a ‘risk worth taking’

03 Feb 2014 12:52Sarah Evans

The DA leader admits it was a risk trying to bring Agang into the party, but says Mamphela Ramphele reneged on their agreement.
DA leader Helen Zille. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)
DA leader Helen Zille. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

While Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele maintained her failed partnership with the Democratic Alliance had “fallen victim to party politics“, DA leader Helen Zille took a different view, saying it was Ramphele who had reneged on the two parties’ initial agreement.

Zille addressed the media on Monday in an attempt to explain why a deal for Ramphele to run as the DA’s presidential candidate fell through in less than a week.

She insisted Ramphele had initially not only agreed and indeed insisted on collapsing Agang’s branches and structures into the DA, to go back on her word late last week.

Zille said she…

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