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February 04, 2014 | UhuruSpirit

DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane

Johannesburg - South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has denied a report on Tuesday that a donor was behind the merger talks between the DA and AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele, opposition spokesman Mmusi Maimane said.

“There can be no donor that can force us to make such a decision,” he said.

“There never has been and there never will be.”

Maimane was reacting to a report in The New Age that a mystery international donor was key to talks between Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Ramphele.

The newspaper quotes Ramphele as saying: “A donor pushed the DA and Agang SA together.”

AgangSA spokesman Mark Peach could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last Tuesday the DA announced that Ramphele would be its presidential candidate for upcoming elections. However, confusion arose on Friday when Ramphele said she had not agreed to become a member of the DA.

On Sunday evening the DA said that Ramphele had backtracked on their agreement.

Maimane said he could not reveal who any of their donors were.

He said the allegations were “far-fetched”.

Mystery donor ‘forced’ Ramphele-Zille quickie marriage

After the messy divorce between the DA and Agang SA, it has emerged that the short-lived political marriage was all about money.

An international donor was key to the controversy – forcing the DA and Agang SA to the negotiating table.

Speaking shortly after a press conference in Johannesburg, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele admitted that a donor was at the centre of the talks between the two leaders. “A donor pushed the DA and Agang SA together,” Ramphele said.

Both parties announced yesterday that Ramphele had backtracked on her decision to merge Agang SA into the DA.

Attempts to get details of who the donor was proved unsuccessful. Ramphele did not deny that the meeting happened just days before the public announcement that she would stand as the DA’s presidential candidate.

She also confirmed that this move came shortly after a recent trip to London in late January.

Speaking at a separate press conference in Johannesburg yesterday, DA leader Helen Zille admitted that “many people in boardrooms” pushed for the merger to take place. The New Age understands that the merger was proposed on condition that Agang SA ceased to exist and Ramphele lead the DA into elections. Zille said Ramphele’s international profile in the World Bank and other organisations and that she was a black woman made her a formidable presidential candidate.

But later, she said that Ramphele would never become the president of South Africa. While Ramphele blamed “rushed talks” for the breakdown in the relationship, Zille said she had been in talks with Ramphele since 2010.

“We have been in talks all the time. Dr Ramphele initiated the merger,” Zille said. She further accused Ramphele of acting out of “self interest” by opting out.

- Sapa / New Age

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