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Manyi buys into ATM

Ad­ding to the en­ter­tain­ment po­ten­tial of South Africa’s up­com­ing na­tional elec­tions in May, for­mer Gupta as­so­ciate and state com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Mzwanele Manyi (known as Jimmy), has joined a party called ATM. No, not an in­di­ca­tion of monies to be with­drawn, but the acro­nym of the African Trans­for­ma­tion Move­ment — though some online jok­ers have sug­gested it stands for Atul Told Me. Manyi bought the Gup­tas’ me­dia em­pire when they fled South Africa, but it shut down for lack of rev­enue a few months later. Manyi said the ANC has re­versed trans­for­ma­tion in South Africa. The re­cently founded ATM claims to stand for peace, ubuntu and good gov­er­nance, and claims that “There is Only One God and Only One Race, the Hu­man Race”. It grew out of a pro-zuma lobby group of reli­gious and busi­ness­peo­ple. Its slo­gan, “Trans­form­ing so­ci­ety for a bet­ter to­mor­row” was pre­vi­ously “Trans­form­ing so­ci­ety through Christ”. No athe­ists on board, then?

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