Mamphela Ramphele joins DA as presidential candidate

28 Jan 2014 15:00


The leader of South African opposition party, AGANG SA Mamphela Ramphele has accepted an invitation by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to be its presidential candidate in this year’s national elections.

"I can think of no better person to be our presidential candidate in this crucial election," DA leader Helen Zille told a news conference this morning.

The agreement will end a political dance that stretched over two years during which Ramphele repeatedly denied she would join the main opposition, which is struggling to shake its image as the party for rich whites.

Ramphele, 65, a former World Bank Managing Director, launched Agang in June last year, but struggled to define a policy and establish a support base.

The union will challenge the ruling African National Congress, which has dominated South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994.