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Ramphele announced as DA presidential candidate

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Former Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele will run as the DA's presidential candidate in the 2014 elections, announced DA leader Helen Zille.

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. (Delwyn Verasamy)

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille​ announced at a press conference on Tuesday that Ramphele will be the DA's official presidential candidate, with the result that Agangwill be integrated into the DA.

Rumours of a merger between the two parties were rife on Tuesday morning. Citing unnamed reliable sources, the Beeld reported that Zille was due to announce the two parties would merge.

The newspaper approached Ramphele for comment, who said: "When we started Agang, we said we are very anxious to see a re-arrangement in South African politics.

"We spoke to everyone – from Cope [Congress of the People] to the UDM [United Democratic Movement] to the DA.

"There are talks. The country is hungry for a change in political leadership," Ramphele was quoted as saying in the Afrikaans daily.

Ramphele launched Agang SA about a year ago.

Rumours
However, Agang SA said in a statement on its website on Sunday that rumours should be "ignored" that Ramphele was on the DA's list of candidates for election.

"We make no secret of the fact that we talk to other parties in South Africa. We make no secret of the fact that all parties and citizens need to stand together against the ANC and those who want to use our resources to fund their own egos and lifestyles ... 

"There is an extraordinary window of opportunity that has opened since Madiba's passing and the fracturing of the tripartite alliance. We will continue to inspire citizens to put the country first in their choice of leadership and collaboration opportunities," said the statement. – Additional reporting by Sapa 

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