Academic, businesswoman and respected anti-apartheid activist, Mamphela Ramphele is due to reveal her political plans at Johannesburg's Constitutional Hill today, amid speculation that she will announce the formation of a new political party.
This was fuelled last week when she resigned as chairperson of Gold Fields.
The company announced that she had decided to further her socio-economic and political work. Ramphele was placed under house arrest for seven years by the former apartheid government because of her political activities.
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance party leader Helen Zille says she would not be lured on speculations about Ramphele launching her own political party. But she said if Ramphele decided to join the DA, she would have to go through the party's processes for a position.
Zille says it takes a long time to build the institutions of a political party.
"Mamphele and I have raised children together, we've known each other for a long time, we chat often and so obviously I know quite a lot, but I just don't like to speak for other people. I like them speaking for themselves, we often agree on things, we sometimes disagree on our approach to things, but we've remained good friends. If she had to stand for a position she would have to go through the processes like everyone else. I know, you know, if we went to a congress she would be elected to very high office on the basis of her record and her capacity and her sharpness and her analytical ability and those things," says Zille.
Zille says the DA's campaign for next year's elections is underway with the launch of the party's Blue Blitz Weekends.
She says the key to a democracy is accountability and it does not happen unless a government feels that it could be displaced at the ballot box.