At the meeting yesterday with the DA, Dr Ramphele reneged on the agreement that she would stand as the DA’s Presidential Candidate, and that Agang SA’s branches, members and volunteers be incorporated into the DA.
This about-turn will come as a disappointment to the many South Africans who were inspired by what could have been a historic partnership.
“It is rare indeed for a political party to offer the position of presidential candidate to a leader from another party, but we believed this move would be in the best interests of South Africa,” said Helen Zille.
“People are looking for a strong and united alternative to Jacob Zuma’s ANC, and we felt that Dr Ramphele would help us speed up the realignment of politics. Constitutionally, she could only go to Parliament as the DA’s Presidential Candidate if she is a member of the DA,” added Zille.
Zille also said that 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.
Since Tuesday’s announcement, Dr Ramphele has been playing a game of cat and mouse – telling the media one thing, Agang supporters another thing, and the DA another.
It is not clear what her objective is, but whatever it is, it is not in the interests of the South African people.