The KZN based pro-Zuma party, the New political party – The African Transformation Movement (ATM), is said to have launched a blitz campaign to gain members ahead of the 2019 elections.
The party was formed by Pro-Zuma KZN religious leaders, after Zuma was removed from the Presidency by the ANC back in February this year. The party is said to have been hatched by some of the defeated NDZ faction leaders in KZN, North West and Free State.
The NDZ faction were prominent in calling for radical economic transformation, hence the name of the party. The party’s aim was to weaken the ANC in the upcoming elections to somehow enable Zuma to come back as a provincial leader. Zuma has previously distanced himself from the party, but other sources allege that he is highly involved.
It’s president Vuyolethu Zungula, believes the ATM can topple the ANC in power. It is said the majority of North West pro-Muhamapelo PEC faction were part of the plans. The party is aiming to discredit Ramaphosa to make him appear weak by disrupting the ANC election campaign and recruiting its members to its ranks.
Recently the ATM claimed that it has recruited hundreds of DA supporters in the Eastern Cape and that DA members are leaving the party and swelling its ranks.
Recently the ATM claimed that it has recruited hundreds of DA supporters in the Eastern Cape and that DA members are leaving the party and swelling its ranks. But the formation of new parties before elections is not new, and has become a trend in South Africa. However most, like AGANG, start with huge fanfare, but fizzle out after elections.
For this party to claim that it can defeat the ANC in elections is silly and merely wishful thinking. The DA, the second largest party, managed to get 4 million voters while the EFF was on 1 million plus and the ANC on 7,9 million.
With its obscure leader, the ATM, compared to popular leaders like Malema, will certainly not be a remarkable choice for voters, nor surpass even the 1 million mark archived by the third largest party the EFF, let alone the DA’s 4 million mark. So to dream of defeating the ANC is practically unattainable if not impossible.
This seems to be just another money-making scheme by people who are after political power, only to turn against their supporters when they are in high positions.
This ATM bubble will burst soon and follow the trend of other Mickey Mouse Parties into oblivion.
By Lawrence Lolo Letsoalo