The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has cautioned South African citizens about the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) recent decision to appoint an international consulting firm.
This, after News24 on Sunday reported that the DA appointed an international consulting firm at a cost of R300 000 per month to promote the party’s interests in the United States.
In a statement, the ATM warned that this move by the DA raises concerns about potential foreign interference in the country’s political landscape. It called on the public to remain vigilant and safeguard the integrity of the democratic processes against any external influences that may compromise the sovereignty of the Republic of South Africa.
“The ATM recognizes the alarming trend where foreign interests and capital have overshadowed the political discourse of our country, diminishing the voice of the citizens in their own governance. This erosion of national autonomy is one of the primary reasons why the ATM has steadfastly rejected any form of external funding, opting to be self-funded.
“This decision ensures that the party remains dedicated to representing the needs of the people robustly, free from the influence of foreign entities, and focused on the principles of true democracy,” the ATM statement read.
In addition, the ATM raised serious concerned about the DA’s “direct involvement” in promoting the Cape Independence bill alongside Phil Craig who is a European settler.
“As foreigners, these individuals should unequivocally be restricted from engaging in any political activities in South Africa or holding any form of public office, and deported if they contribute to unrest of any kind,” the ATM stated.