Ramphele rubbishes expulsion claims

The DA presidential candidate has been accused of keeping AgangSA members in the dark.

Mamphela Ramphele. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) presidential candidate Mamphela Ramphele has rubbished claims that she is about to be expelled as the leader of AgangSA.

The academic turned politician launched AgangSA just 10 months ago.

But it was announced yesterday that she will stand as the DA's choice for president in the upcoming elections.

Most of her staff, supporters and volunteers appear to have been blindsided by the move, despite Ramphele insisting that her talks with the DA were common knowledge.

Earlier this morning, a senior Agang member said provincial leaders would meet this morning to decide Ramphele's fate.

AgangSA Gauteng convening secretary Dr Sakhiwo Yako told Talk Radio 702's John Robbie that some party members have no interest in following Ramphele to the DA.

"We are not interested in the move to the DA so we are going to expel the leader. We will kick her out of Agang."

But Ramphele says this person wasn't even a member of Agang and was stirring trouble as she could not be expelled.

"This person isn't even a member of Agang, he is a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters. He is an agent provocateur who should mind his own business."

She says leaders sometimes have to make decisions which are not popular with everyone.

"My integrity with regards to fighting corruption and injustice remains intact."

At the same time, DA leader Helen Zille has defended Ramphele against accusations that she left her party in the dark about her move.

"People are elected as leaders because they need to have a vision, they need to point the way and they need to be bold enough to take the steps needed to achieve that end."

Meanwhile, the merger has received a mixed response from political parties and analysts.

Several analysts and politicians say it's clear Ramphele didn't do as well as she thought she would when she launched her own party and that's why she decided to join forces with the DA.

Meanwhile, the ANC says the DA's decision to elect Ramphele is a "rent-a-black" strategy.

Watch the DA announcing Ramphele's decision to stand: