Mzwanele Manyi and the African Transformation Movement (ATM) has been accused of ‘fraudulent activities’ by the All Africa Decolonisation Congress (AADC) according to the Citizen.
The AADC said they dismissed Manyi from the organisation due to three things – first he tried to get funding for the AADC, second he wanted them to “Join hands” with the ATM, and third he is alledgedly involved in money laundering through the churches that support the ATM.
Yesterday News24 reported that Manyi, upon joining the ATM, said that if the Gupta’s wanted to give him money he’d take it.
The AADC state that they were blindsided by Manyi joining the ATM, so that claim makes sense.
That last accusation however is the most serious – and Edward Olebogeng Mokomele, the movement’s spokesman, said that the organisation cannot at this point give evidence to support it.
Manyi has responded that he plans to sue.
Going to the Guptas for funding may be shady but wouldn’t in itself be criminal, joining hands with the ATM is just a difference of opinion, money laundering is a crime.
If you cannot provide evidence for that accusation you shouldn’t make it. I suspect Manyi would have a case.
There is a lot I don’t like about Manyi, heck I’m an atheist and thus not a huge fan of churches either, but I’d like to see some evidence of this money laundering.
That said, I’m not sure suing is the best idea for Manyi or the ATM right now. Without evidence these sorts of allegations tend to die on the vine.
Taking it to court however means more coverage over a longer period, and what Manyi going to win?