- "We are growing by the minute," Manyi said
- He did not cite any specific figures, but said the ATM would draw more supporters than the ruling party
- The ATM, where Manyi is head of policy, is a pro-Zuma party formed last year
Mzwanele Manyi says that his African Transformation Movement has more members than the ANC.
The former Gupta associate made the comments while speaking to Eusebius Mckaiser.
"ATM does not belong in the category of small parties," he said. "It is a big organisation that has been silently mushrooming."
Manyi recently joined the ATM as its head of policy.
The party was formed last year largely by disgruntled supporters of Jacob Zuma, including its head Vuyolwethu Zungula. There have been allegations that Jacob Zuma also played a behind-the-scenes role in launching the party as his new political home.
The ATM claims to be based on a platform of radical economic transformation and says that it is exclusively funded by its members. However, Manyi did not give any city any specific numbers to support his claims that the party was bigger than the ANC.
Since its inception, the ATM has drawn a mixed response. Many took to social media to mock its choice of acronym, while others have accused it of merely being a faction loyal to the former president.
However, Manyi reiterated that the party had more support than it seemed, saying that the media had not been giving the ATM enough coverage.
"We will pull more supporters than the ANC," Manyi said.
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