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World New alliance in South Africa could shake nation's politics

Mamphela Ramphele, former companion of Steve Biko, is the first serious face of opposition against a liberation party that has ruled since 1994. National elections will be held this year.

By Aislinn LaingCorrespondent / January 28, 2014

Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Mamphela Ramphele, a popular face in South Africa whom Nelson Mandela once called his “daughter,” has allied her party with the largest opposition party here in a move expected to energize upcoming elections – and to pose the first real challenge to President Jacob Zuma and the dominant African National Congress (ANC).