ATM, Kuli Roberts part ways within days of candidacy announcement, says party

Kuli Roberts. (Gallo Images)

  • Journalist and actor Kuli Roberts has left the African Transformation Movement days after being announced as a ward candidate.
  • The party said it was for confidential reasons.
  • It said she was also no longer a member.

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says it has parted ways with journalist and actor Kuli Roberts days after announcing her as its Ward 65 candidate for Tshwane for the 1 November municipal elections. 

A short statement from the party announced: “Due to unforeseen and confidential circumstances, it is no longer possible to have Nomakula Roberts as a member and ward councillor of the African Transformation Movement. 

“Further to the above, Ms. Nomakula Roberts had to step down both as the member and ward councillor candidate of the ATM. The African Transformation Movement wishes her well in all her endeavours.”

It was signed by the party’s Gauteng provincial secretary Elliot Mabaso. 

Last week, the ATM trumpeted her as “Servant Kuli” in announcing her candidacy for the party headed by Mzwanele Manyi.

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In the announcement, Manyi wrote: “The one and only @kuliroberts has joined the winning team. Servant Kuli has signed up to serve the people of South Africa. Servant Kuli is ATM Councillor Candidate for Ward 65 in Tshwane. We wish her well.”

Manyi is also the spokesperson for the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

Roberts was unavailable for comment. Her response will be added once received.

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Publish date : 2021-10-04 08:27:37

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