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Zille and Ramphele part ways

It appears Ramphele changed her mind during a meeting with the DA's leadership on Sunday.

FILE: The Democratic Alliance announced on Sunday 2 February 2014 that AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele will no longer be standing as the party's presidential candidate. Picture: Roderick Macleod via @RodMacleod.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele will no longer be standing as the party's presidential candidate.

It appears Ramphele changed her mind during a meeting with the DA's leadership on Sunday.

This comes just days after Helen Zille and Ramphele announced that their parties would be joining forces.

The DA's leadership met with Mamphela Ramphele on Sunday evening to finalise the terms of their agreement but it was during this important meeting that the Gang SA leader announced she was pulling out of the deal.

In a statement released this evening DA leader Helen Zille said it was rare for a political party to offer the position of presidential candidate to a leader from another party, but they believe the move would be in South Africa's best interest.

She says the DA negotiated with Ramphele in good faith but by going back on the deal just five days after it was announced, Zille says Ramphele has demonstrated once and for all that she can't be trusted to see any project through to its conclusion.

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