ATM lists grounds for its motion of no confidence in Ramaphosa

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The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has listed grounds for its motion of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The party formally tabled the motion with the Speaker of National Assembly Thandi Modise earlier this week.

At a press conference on Thursday, ATM leader Vuyo Zungula outlined 15 grounds for the motion, the first being Ramaphosa’s “failure” to disclose the R500,000 his CR17 campaign received from the late Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

Ramaphosa ‘misled the nation’

Zungula also said Ramaphosa “misled or lied” to the nation when he pledged that there would be no load shedding over the festive season.

He added that the President had failed “to act against the Minister of Public Enterprises and the Eskom board for misleading him on the load shedding programme.”

Ramaphosa’s “indecisive and poor to non-existent leadership” has also caused a loss of confidence in the South African government among local and international investors, he claimed.

Other reasons Zungula listed include Ramaphosa’s “failure” to accede to calls for a referendum on the death penalty as well as “failure” to deal with the unemployment, inequality, gender-based violence, and state-owned enterprises (SOE) crises.

Ramaphosa has ‘neglected his duty’

Zungula claimed the President has failed to advance land reform, convert Post Bank into a state bank and secure South Africa’s borders.

He added, “The President has neglected his duty to the poor in favour of his personal funders who funded his own campaign to become the President of his own party.

“The developmental agenda has been shelved in favour of the
neoliberal and colonial agenda.”

Modise confirmed at a media briefing in Cape Town on Thursday that she has received ATM’s motion and is considering it.

ATM has only two members in the National Assembly and faces a tall order garnering enough support for its motion to succeed.

Reports emerged before last year’s general election that ATM was formed with the blessings of some senior leaders in the African National Congress (ANC), including Secretary General Ace Magashule.

The aim was reportedly to reduce ANC’s majority in Parliament. However, both ATM and Magashule have consistently denied the allegations.

To read the ATM’s grounds in full, click here.

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