EAST LONDON - Former Eastern Cape ANC MEC Thandiswa Marawu has said that factional battles within the ruling party forced her to leave the organisation and join the newly formed African Transformation Movement (ATM).
Marawu was unveiled as an ATM member by Eastern Cape chairwoman and premier candidate, Veliswa Mvenya, in Butterworth on Monday.
"I am a Christian and I believe in peace, mercy and unconditional love, but I don't find those values in the ANC. When the ATM was launched I felt like I discovered a kind of political home I've been longing for because it upholds the kind of values that I hold," said Marawu.
When asked by African News Agency (ANA) if she was leaving because she did not feature prominently on the ANC party list, Marawu said: "I was going to leave even if I was on the top of the list because of what's going on in the ANC right now."
"We will go to a party conference and emerge as sworn enemies because you are not part of the winning group, yet we keep saying it's our party."