The African Transformation Movement is suing their former secretary-general Buyisile Ngqulwana with a letter demanding that he cough up R22 million. The ATM party claims that they lost this steep amount following claims that ex-president Jacob Zuma and ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule had helped form the party.
The ATM party claims that it managed to secure less seats in Parliament due to the claims put forward by Ngqulwana.
The secretary-general had penned an affidavit, alleging that both Zuma and Magashule had helped established the party in 2018.
In this affidavit, Ngqulwana claimed that the South African Council of Messianic Churches in Christ was established in December 2017 after President Cyril Ramaphosa was named as the leader of the ANC:
“During this period as general secretary of the council, [I had] many consultation sessions with ANC leaders, particularly former state president JG Zuma (meeting at Nkandla residence), secretary-general of the ANC Ace Magashule, including a meeting at Luthuli House, towards the launch of the council."
Ngqulwana has since withdrawn the matter, a day before it was to be heard by the Johannesburg High Court.
However, the ATM has not forgotten the incident, giving Ngqulwana 20 days to pay up lest he end up facing legal action.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC had instated a probe into their member's alleged involvement in the formation of an opposition party.
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