The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has noted the purported media statement by the so called South African Council of Messianic Churches ( SACMC) which was not communicated to ATM but has been seen circulating in social media and recently, the news, and the unfounded allegations made in it.
ATM has investigated the matter and would like to categorically state that:
- The so called Conference of the Council held on the 16-17 April 2019 was illegitimate and unconstitutional as the Secretary General Apostle Mxolisi Phakathi and the President Prof. Caesar Nongqunga had no knowledge of its constitution and how it was convened.
- SACMCC was unveiled in a gala dinner held on the 26 May 2018 by the founding member churches,
- In the same gathering the member churches unanimously agreed to establish ATC as a political voice and a political Party was therefore registered with IEC.
- President Vuyolwethu Zungula, the current President of ATM, was mandated to facilitate the formation and registration of ATC.
- In a letter from IEC dated 29 May 2018, the name ATC was rejected by IEC citing that the word Congress appears in many political parties and would therefore confuse the voters.
- The word “Congress” was therefore replaced by “Movement” and IEC registered ATM as is known to date.
- At all material times of the change of the name from ATC to ATM Apostle Ngqulwana was directly involved.
- Since then, all people who were members of ATC automatically became members of ATM due to the cession of the usage of the ATC name as per IEC.
- The statement, therefore, that there was a conference of SACMC/ATC is far-fetched and unattainable.
- Apostle Bonisile Ngqulwana, who claims to be the Secretary General of the SACMC, is not even a member of the council, as the council does not have individual members but member churches. On the 26 July 2018 TACC that had deployed him to represent the church had recalled him and replaced him by Apostle Phakathi.
- This was done in response to his own request to be relieved of the work as he was not coping with his studies, his resignation letter is available with his member Church TACC.
- Apostle Ngqulwana has demonstrated that he is confused and contradicting himself as,he has accepted his nomination to the National Assembly List of the ATM, he is therefore an ATM candidate.
- The utterance that ATM has fraudulently misrepresented itself as ATC is void of basis and nonsensical, it is therefore viewed as intended to defame and endanger the good name and reputation of ATM, something that cannot be achieved by Ngqulwana and those who have sent him, if any.
- ATM therefore views the statement by the so-called Council represented by Ngqulwana as propaganda, a mere cloak and shame to discredit ATM.
- Any attempts by the Ngqulwana group to deregister ATM will be vigorously defended.
The African Transformation Movement therefore remains confident of victory in the 2019 general elections and our base and ground remains unshaken, despite the various attempts to destabilise our ground.