Jacob Zuma has spent the last few days on the campaign trail for the ANC. But according to the Head of the SA Council of Messianic Churches in Christ (SACMCC), Buyisile Ngqulwana, he may now have a different political allegiance with the African Transformation Movement (ATM).
The bold claim was reported by the Sunday Times, who say they are in possession of affidavits and letters which identify Jacob Zuma – and Ace Magashule – as having played an active role in the party’s formation.
Is Jacob Zuma behind the ATM?
Ngqulwana says that consultations were held alongside Msholozi when they initially formed as the ATC in 2018. It’s believed that church leaders were invited to both Nkandla and Luthuli House to discuss the possibility of establishing a party which could “provide an alternative” to a Cyril Ramaphosa-led ANC.
The beans have been spilt as the warring factions of the ATM continue to squabble. Leaders of the breakaway group say the ATM was registered under the constitution of its organisation the African Transformation Congress (ATC). Now, the ATC demand that the organisation dissolves itself entirely and forms part of the ANC.
Jacob Zuma linked to VBS bank
In his official court submissions, Ngqulwana has also suggested that Jacob Zuma had targeted the coffers of VBS Bank. The SACMCC wanted to acquire the institution – which has been crippled by corruption – in order to fund a party that could challenge Cyril’s “new dawn” and protect the interests of JZ and his supporters.
The claims certainly give credence to the rumours that both Zuma and Ace Magashule have been plotting to oust Ramaphosa from power, one way or another. The ANC Secretary-General has been credited with coining the ATM’s name, advising them on political policy and organising certain party activities:
“Ngqulwana says the council was also instructed by Magashule to travel to the Free State to meet premier Sisi Ntombela “to engage on various discussions and conduct a spiritual ceremony” and receive some donations of blankets.”
— Sangxa (@sangxa) May 5, 2019
Msholozi’s wavering political support
As always, Jacob Zuma is likely to dismiss these claims. It was only on Friday that he obtusely denied knowing what he had “done wrong”, ahead of the resumption of his corruption trial on 10 May.
However, we’re at another crossroads where uBaba’s loyalties to the ANC have come into question. Last year, he was being linked to the Mazibuye movement – a political party that was seemingly set up “in his image”.
It was only a month ago when he sat down for discussions with Black First Land First (BLF) leaders in Nkandla, too. The controversial outfit has been known to intimidate journalists and propagate hate speech on a regular basis. For all that “unity” the ANC is preaching, it would seem like Jacob Zuma has gone off-script.