Ace in the ATM

The probe by the ANC into the role of the Secretary General, Ace Magashule, in the formation of the ATM party, is no surprise to me since I posted about this in November 2018.

In that post, I stated very clearly that the party have been hatched by some of the defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma(NDZ) faction leaders in KZN, Northwest and Free State, which was in reference to Ace Magashule who was, at the time, Premier of the Free State.

Back then, I got a barrage of attacks from ANC and ATM sympathisers, who accused me of spreading lies and propaganda.

After Buyisile Nqgulwana, secretary general of the South African Council of Messianic Churches in Christ,made allegations linking Ace Magashule and Jacob Zuma to the ATM party in an explosive affidavit, it is clear that the matter has been taken seriously. The ANC’s NWC convened an ad hoc committee to investigate claims that Ace Magashule was involved in setting up of the ATM.

And the ATM has slapped a R22 million defamation case against Nqgulwana.

Buyile Nqgulwana has since tried to withdraw his claims but any statement made under oath must be taken seriously especially as the man who made those allegations under oath is a man of the cloth.

In his affidavit, Nqgulwana says the ATM was formed after the ANC Nasrec conference, as I said in my November post of last year. He said Magashule himself came up with the name ATM (African Transformation Movement). Nqgulwana’s withdrawal of his initial statement might be due to threats received from Magashules’ sympathisers to force him to withdraw the claims.

It remains to be seen how the ANC’s ad hoc committee, which is said to be at its final stage of its investigation will come out with in their findings.

I remain adamant that Ace Magashule and others had a hand in the formation of the ATM party. Magashule was a fierce campaigner and supporter of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the defeat of that NDZ faction in Nasrec was a blow to the group. I believe the ATM was as a reaction to try and weaken Ramaphosa.

We can only hope that there will be no cover ups in this investigation as the ANC cannot be trusted.


By Lawrence Lolo Letsoalo

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