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South Africa opposition alliance collapses

AFP-JIJI

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday announced the collapse of a deal to have former anti-apartheid stalwart Mamphela Ramphele run as its presidential candidate in upcoming elections against the ruling ANC.

It would have been the first time that the DA had fielded a black presidential candidate in an election, providing a shield against persistent charges they are a vessel for white interests.

But the deal fell apart at a meeting on Sunday aimed at finalizing terms of the agreement announced last Tuesday, DA leader Helen Zille said in a statement.