Former government spokesperson and owner of the erstwhile ANN7 news channel and The New Age newspaper, Mzwanele Manyi, is poised to jump ship from the ANC. Manyi took to social media on Saturday night to announce that he had a big announcement to make later in the evening. This big announcement turned out to be an invitation to media to attend a briefing on Wednesday, at which he said he would announce his “new political home” and his reasons behind this. In the wake of his tweets on Saturday night, Manyi took flack, with many criticising him for what was called an “announcement to make an announcement”.

One of those who reacted to Manyi’s pending big announcements was Mbhazima Shilowa, Manyi’s former ANC comrade and one of the founders of COPE, itself a break-away party from the ANC. Shilowa lashed out at Manyi, who he said always advised against leaving a political party because of differing views, rather encouraging changing it from within.

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