African Transformation Movement (ATM) president Vuyolwethu Zungula has his sights set on unseating President Cyril Ramaphosa through a motion of no confidence submitted by his party before Parliament earlier this year.
This after he was “vindicated” by revelations that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been cleared on all allegations relating to involvement in the “formation and/or registration” of the ATM.
Speaking to City Press on Wednesday morning, the ATM leader said the “stigma” that had been created by “links associating the ATM’s formation to Magashule and former president Jacob Zuma” had cost the party “dearly in the 2019 national and provincial elections and was continuing to cast doubts” on what his party stands for.
“Now that we have been vindicated, we are relieved and can continue to fight for job creation for South African citizens and push to oust Ramaphosa, who has not done anything to aid our people.
“Ramaphosa has failed to do away with corruption. Instead, during [the Covid-19 coronavirus] pandemic the ANC has been the chief culprit with regards to corruption and mismanagement of funds meant to assist our people.
“Earlier in the year, when we submitted the motion of no confidence, we detailed [Ramaphosa’s] failure to deal decisively with unemployment, gender-based violence and other ills that continue to affect our people,” said Zungula.
Although he had not yet seen the report which allegedly cleared Magashule, Zungula said he, having been a part of the party’s formation, was confident that the ANC secretary-general had no role in the formation of the ATM.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe was not readily available to comment whether or not such a report had been tabled before the ANC national working committee.
However, two ANC national working committee members who spoke to City Press confirmed that such report had been tabled and that Magashule was cleared. However, they both could not confirm whether Zuma was also cleared of being a part of the formation of the ATM or not.
This week, Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise wrote back to Zungula crediting the delay in considering of the motion of no confidence to Covid-19 disruptions.
In the letter, which City Press has seen, Modise says: “I am pleased that you acknowledge the negative impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the full function of Parliament since you submitted your motion.”
She goes on to vow that she will finalise her consultations with the “leader of government business [David Mabuza] and the chief whip of the majority party [Pemmy Majodina] on the matter as required by the rules”.
Zungula said “the fact that across the country various councillors have shifted from merely voting based on party loyalty to now putting South Africans first” was a huge boost in their quest to oust Ramaphosa.
“For us, our confidence that we will be successful in our bid to remove Ramaphosa comes from the fact that we provided facts relating to his failures as president. Any member of Parliament with a conscience will put South Africa first,” he said, adding that this was why his party had requested a secret ballot.