The orbit of new political parties around former president Jacob Zuma is a noteworthy phenomenon — one that he, who always proclaims himself “a loyal and disciplined member of the ANC”, is yet to denounce. These are seemingly splinter groups that are disenchanted with the ANC under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa and want independent representation in parliament. This means they want to take votes from the ANC as well as shuffle the deck in the opposition benches. As a former ANC president and a star attraction at the party's campaign events in KwaZulu-Natal this week, it should surely bother Zuma that so many of his friends and loyal supporters want to bite a chunk out of the ANC's voting base. Mzwanele Manyi, who is able to self-immolate and reincarnate better than a Buddhist monk, believes his new party, propitiously named ATM (in this case standing for African Transformation Movement), will be running the government after 2019's poll. Like his benefactors currently e...

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