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Manuel wishes Ramphele well

But the national planning minister doesn’t believe Ramphele is the DA’s answer for the elections.

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) veteran and National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has wished the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s presidential candidate well.

But the Minister in the Presidency believes Mamphela Ramphele is not the answer to the opposition's hopes to make inroads in the 2014 general elections.

The AgangSA leader was announced as the DA's presidential candidate earlier this week.

There's been mixed reaction to the move, with some Agang officials far from happy.

Manuel does not believe the move will help the DA: "If the DA thinks pulling in one prominent black academic, who doesn't have a political organisation, they will change their own fortune. Good luck to them - but it doesn't look like change happens in that way."

Meanwhile according to a group of Agang leaders, suggestions of political infighting in AgangSA are nonsensical.

The group says Ramphele remains their leader and is not being expelled from the party, which she formed 10 months ago.

This is in sharp contrast to comments made on Wednesday morning by another Agang leader who said Ramphele would be booted out for her 'betrayal', a claim she has denied.

Later on the same day, party member Donald Tontsi said, "There are no factions in Agang, there is no infighting in Agang. That must be categorically stated".

He and the other leaders were forced to field questions about whether Agang is broke and what will happen to the party's policies.

There's also confusion about whether Agang will be swallowed up by the DA altogether.