Zille: Mamphela Ramphele can't be trusted

The DA announced that Mamphela Ramphele had pulled out of the merger.

The DA announced that Mamphela Ramphele had pulled out of the merger. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says Agang SA's head Mamphela Ramphele has shown she cannot be trusted to see a project through to the end.

The DA announced on Sunday night that Ramphele has 'reneged' on her agreement to stand as the party's presidential candidate.

In a bold move last week, Ramphele and Zille revealed that their parties were joining forces ahead of the elections.

POLITICAL REPERCUSSIONS

Zille could feel hugely embarrassed by how this has ended because Ramphele was her friend and she would've been personally involved in bringing her to the DA.

Now, this has blown up in her face and she looks like she was simply desperate to get a black person to be her party's presidential candidate.

But the repercussions for Ramphele could actually be greater.

Her political career could well be over and her party will be furious that she didn't consult them.

She has also shown that she can't be trusted by other political formations.

Meanwhile, social network, twitter, was abuzz with people taking the mickey out of the split.

The cost to the #DA is that the #Agang merger was 'desperation transformation'.- Patrick Conroy (@PatrickConroySA) February 2, 2014