‘The Gup­tas are load­ing Manyi’s ATM’

Sowetan - - News - By Mpho Sibany­oni

The All Africa De­coloni­sa­tion Congress has ac­cused Mzwanele Manyi of want­ing to use money from the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily to fund the party.

The AADC’s al­le­ga­tion was made after Manyi on Wed­nes­day joined the African Trans­for­ma­tion Move­ment (ATM).

AADC’s act­ing spokesper­son Ole­bo­geng Mokomele yes­ter­day said Manyi raised the funds from the Gup­tas while he was still pres­i­dent of the congress, launched last month.

But Manyi last night said the al­le­ga­tions were “non­sense and rub­bish” and threat­ened to sue Mokomele.

Mokomele said: “Just be­fore De­cem­ber 19 we had a meet­ing and Mr Manyi said he knew peo­ple over­seas [who could fund AADC].

“Mr Manyi did not dis­close the iden­tity of those peo­ple and he left the coun­try to meet them. When he re­turned, Mr Manyi in­formed us that the fun­ders re­quired us to cre­ate a bank ac­count through which the funds could be trans­ferred. It’s pos­si­ble he could use money from Gup­tas to fund ATM.”

Mokomele said the party’s lead­er­ship were baf­fled to later learn that Manyi was plan­ning to join ATM. He said this re­sulted in AADC ex­pelling Manyi from the party.

Manyi said he started the party with his own re­sources, adding that he would soon dereg­is­ter AADC.

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