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Speculation rife on DA, Agang merger

The DA is scheduled to make an announcement of 'national importance' this morning.

Democratic Alliance leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is scheduled to make an announcement of 'national importance' this morning as speculation about a merger with Mamphela Ramphele's Agang SA continues.

The party's top leaders. including Lindiwe Mazibuko, Mmusi Maimane and Patricia de Lille, will take part in the announcement which is scheduled for 10 am.

Rumours of a merger between Agang SA and the DA have been flying since it was reported that the DA was holding a seat for Ramphele on its party list as a confidential candidate.

But DA Federal Chairperson Dr Wilmot James is neither confirming nor denying that Ramphele will be joining forces with the DA.

"We will be making a major announcement that will shift the axis of politics in this country."

Agang SA has firmly denied that Ramphele has decided to join the DA and will be put forward as its candidate for Gauteng premier.

This move would reportedly see Maimane, who is the current candidate, moved to parliament.

Ramphele held extensive talks with the DA in 2012 but failed to reach a deal and then formed her own party.

Agang SA has travelled a rocky road since launching 10 months ago, with much change at senior staff level.

The party has also experienced a cash-flow crunch and failed to pay some salaries last month.

Meanwhile, Ramphele says she doesn't claim to know everything but believes that Agang SA is a home for everyone in which goals can be achieved.

"This country needs a fresh start. I remain convinced that South Africa has everything it needs to be a prosperous and sustainable and a democracy that will be an example."

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