- A new report alleges that the former president was involved in secret talks to launch the new African Transformation Movement
- According to the report, Zuma was looking for a new political home to escape Ramaphosa's crackdown on those responsible for state capture
- Other known figures in the ATM include Zuma loyalists Vuyolwethu Zungula and Mzwanele Manyi
A new report has accused Jacob Zuma of playing a role in the African Transformation Party.
Briefly.co.za learned that Rapport has published a report that alleges that Zuma and several of his close supporters gathered at the Umhlanga Rocks Hotel in Durban in June to plan the party's formation.
The African Transformation Party (ATM) was launched in October last year by the Council of Messianic Churches in Christ, with Vuyolwethu Zungula as its leader. Zungula is regarded as a staunch Zuma loyalist.
It was also reported last week that former Gupta associate and Zuma ally Mzwanele Manyi had joined the ATM as its head of policy. Manyi came to public attention in 2017 after he purchased the Gupta-owned media outlets ANN7 and The New Age. Both outlets were later shut down.
Manyi explained his decision to leave the ANC and join the ATM by saying that the ruling party was "fatigued and captured" and had "lost its moral compass".
The Africa Transformation Movement, which says it is based on an agenda of radical economic transformation, has been building party structures throughout several provinces over the latter half of 2018.
The report about Zuma's involvement in the ATM suggests that he is looking to join the party in order to avoid Cyril Ramaphosa's crackdown on those in the ANC responsible for corruption and state capture.
These claims contrast, however, with Zuma's presence on the campaign trail. Zuma has taken part in several ANC events and encouraged citizens to vote for the party.
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