Cape Town – The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says it has parted ways with media personality and Sunday World newspaper’s group lifestyle editor, Nomakula ‘Kuli’ Roberts, just a few days after it announced that she had joined the party and was running as its Ward 65 candidate for Tshwane in the upcoming local government elections.
“Due to unforeseen and confidential circumstances, it is no longer possible to have Nomakula Roberts as a member and ward councilor candidate of the African Transformation Movement.
“Further to the above, Ms Nomakula Roberts had to step down both as a member and ward councillor candidate of the ATM.
“The African Transformation Movement wishes her well in all her endeavlours,” ATM party leader Mzwanele Manyi said in a statement.
ATM announcement on Kuli Roberts. pic.twitter.com/55iydZP1oi
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) October 3, 2021
A few days ago Manyi announced that Roberts had joined “the winning team”.
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. pic.twitter.com/eBAX4yoKhI
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) September 29, 2021
Meanwhile, Sunday World said in an editorial of its latest edition that it had since been suspended Roberts and that she faced a disciplinary hearing.
The newspaper said Roberts’ “failure to declare and disclose her political aspirations came as a shock to the company, particularly after we first learned about it from ATM’s official announcement”.
“After long and careful deliberations, the management committee unanimously took a decision to suspend Roberts with immediate effect for allegedly violating the Press Code and bringing the company into disrepute.
A disciplinary inquiry will, as a matter of urgency, be convened in this regard,” the newspaper said.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo