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African Transformation Movement

The African Transformation Movement, popularly known as ATM, is a political party in South Africa. It is led by Vuyolwethu Zungula, leader and party president.[1][2][3][4]

African Transformation Movement
LeaderVuyolwethu Zungula
Founded2018; 1 year ago (2018)
Christian democracy
Political positionCentre-right
Slogan"Transforming Society For A Better Tomorrow."
National Assembly
2 / 400
0 / 90
Provincial Legislatures
2 / 430

It was formed with the backing of the South African Council of Messianic Churches in Christ (SACMCC), which together are supported by millions of congregants.[5]


In January 2019, it was announced that the party, if returned to power, would return the death penalty and scrap low pass marks in public schools.[6]

Mzwanele Manyi, chief of policy and strategy for the ATM, further states that the party plans to bring about capital punishment regardless of the constitution not consenting to such matters. Manyi claims that this is due to South Africa being abused as a "haven" for people who commit crimes and need a place to evade the law.[6]

Election resultsEdit

The party contested its first elections in 2019, winning two seats nationally, as well as one each in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal legislatures.

National AssemblyEdit

Election Total votes Share of vote Seats +/– Government
2019[7] 76,830 0.44%
2 / 400
in opposition

Provincial electionsEdit

Election[8] Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng Kwazulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West Northern Cape Western Cape
% Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats % Seats
2019 1.52% 1/63 0.78% 0/30 0.25% 0/73 0.49% 1/80 0.28% 0/49 0.61% 0/30 0.39% 0/33 0.24% 0/30 0.24% 0/42


  1. ^ | We are people driven, says new political party ATM | IOL News
  2. ^ Mzwanele Manyi announced as policy chief of pro-Zuma party, ATM
  3. ^ | Mzwanele Manyi: This is why I've joined the ATM
  4. ^ New political party officially launched in the Eastern Cape - SABC News
  5. ^ "Christian party 'to take SA to promised land'". DispatchLIVE. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  6. ^ a b "From the death penalty to scrapping low pass marks: Manyi's ambitions for the ATM". TimesLIVE.
  7. ^ "2014 National and Provincial Elections Results – 2014 National and Provincial Election Results". IEC. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Results Dashboard". Retrieved 2019-05-11.