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ANC: DA using ‘rent-a-black’ strategy

Gwede Mantashe says AgangSA was simply another stillborn political party.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe speaking in Johannesburg on 28 January 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s decision to elect Mamphela Ramphele as its presidential candidate is a "rent-a-black" strategy, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

The academic turned politician launched AgangSA just 10 months ago.

But on Tuesday, it was announced she will stand as the DA's choice for the top job in government.

Watch the DA announcing Ramphele's decision to stand:

"It's a report of another stillborn party - dead before it was born - called Agang. It is dead now," Mantashe said.

He says this is just a ploy to appear racially diverse.

"It is a rent-a-black and rent-a-leader [strategy]. We can't be concerned about this."

It was widely expected the ANC would announce its party list at the same press conference.

But Mantashe said the ruling party wasn't quite ready to release its final list ahead of elections due later this year.

The ANC's candidate list is only expected to be released once registered with the Independent Electoral Commission.

Watch Mantashe commenting on Ramphele's nomination:

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