Ramphele grabs DA presidential candidacy

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DA leader Helen Zille sits next to former leader of Agang, Mamphela Ramphele as they announce the integration of the two parties at the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town on 28 January 2014.

Political party Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele will be the Democratic Alliance&39;s presidential candidate in upcoming general elections, DA leader Helen Zille announced on Tuesday.
 
"I can announce today that Dr Mamphela Ramphele has accepted the DA&39;s invitation to stand as our presidential candidate in the 2014 general election," Zille told reporters in Cape Town.
 
Furthermore, Zille said that they were establishing a joint technical committee to manage the integration of the DA and Agang SA structures and volunteers.
 
"This is a game-changing moment for South Africa," she said. 
 
Zille said that when she was elected Democratic Alliance leader in 2007 she set out a case for the realignment of politics in the country.
 
"I said then that political change will come about as the old political formations become obsolete. We can see this happening now."
 
Zille announced earlier that Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele would be the DA&39;s presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections.
 
She said the DA&39;s leadership was drawn from across the political spectrum but they shared the same values, "the belief in an open-opportunity society for all characterised by non-racialism, a market economy, human rights and prosperity for every South African".
 
Dr Ramphele says her decision to accept the DA&39;s invitation to run for president is the right thing for South Africa. She also said that Nelson Mandela’s passing means the ANC can&39;t hide behind his legacy any more.
 
“The ground has shifted in South African politics, Madiba has gone to his grave….South Africans demand and deserve better."