- Kgalema Motlanthe has declined to lead an ANC investigation regarding the formation of the ATM and other small parties
- The ANC confirmed Motlanthe's decision on Friday
- A spokesperson for the party said that Motlanthe had other commitments which would have made his involvement impossible
The ANC has confirmed that Kgalema Motlanthe has decided not to lead an investigation concerning allegations that several party members were involved in forming smaller parties.
Last month, the ANC had said that the former president would help the investigation.
This came after Buyisile Ngqulwana, former secretary-general of the South African Council of Messianic Churches in Christ, claimed that Jacob Zuma and Ace Magashule were involved in the formation of the African Transformation Movement (ATM).
Allegedly, Magashule helped to form the ATM in an attempt to draw votes away from the ANC and give the ATM political bargaining power.
According to Sowetan Live, Motlanthe was unhappy with the ANC for announcing his involvement in the investigation without consulting him first.
However, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says that Motlanthe declined the position because he has "other responsibilities". Mabe added that Motlanthe's commitments would have made it impossible for him to complete the investigation's work in the 60=day time frame the ANC has given it.
Mabe went on to say that the ruling party would now look for a replacement and make an announcement once they had done so, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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