South African opposition coalition splits

February 2, 2014 10:32 PM

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The Democratic Alliance party said in a statement that opposition leader Mamphela Ramphele had reneged on a deal to be its presidential candidate and to merge her smaller party with the Democratic Alliance. Ramphele was the partner of Steve Biko, the Black Consciousness leader who was tortured and died in police custody in 1977. She has been an activist, doctor, academic and World Bank executive.

“Dr. Ramphele has demonstrated — once and for all — that she cannot be trusted to see any project through to its conclusion. This is a great pity,” Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said in the statement. Her party promised to brief journalists on the coalition breakdown Monday.

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