Hlaudi Motsoeneng ANC coalition

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ANC may form coalition with Hlaudi Motsoeneng – to keep Free State municipality

A match made in heaven, or an unholy alliance? The ANC needs to form a coalition in Maluti-a-Phofung – and Hlaudi’s party could fit the bill.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng ANC coalition

Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele

Free State, brace yourselves for ‘Hurricane Hlaudi’: The ANC must now work out how to form a coalition government in a municipality that was seen as safe, after the ruling party recorded just 39% of the vote in Maluti-a-Phofung. The number is so low that not even a quickie coalition with the EFF can get them up to 50%.

ANC lose control of key Free State municipality

All votes have been counted in the Eastern Free State, and the MAP16 Civic Movement has become a major disruptor in this municipality. They claimed almost 29% of the votes, and will occupy 20 seats in the Maluti-a-Phofung council. This has wiped out the ANC’s majority, and they’ll need to work with more than one party to hold onto power.

And, if it’s power you want, Hlaudi is your man. The eccentric former SABC executive transitioned into politics two years ago, where his African Content Movement aimed to compete in the 2019 General Election. They fell flat then, but their impact has been much more significant this time around.

Why the ANC may need to rely on Hlaudi Motsoeneng

The ACM, led by Hlaudi, have claimed their first-ever municipal council seats, bagging two in Maluti-a-Phofung. They’ve managed to take over 2% of all votes in the region – and this result could give Motsoeneng ‘kingmaker’ status.

The ANC needs another 11% to form a coalition government. The EFF has 9% of the vote, but this would still leave the ruling party 2% short of the threshold it needs to meet. The gap, therefore, can be filled by Hlaudi’s party.

Hlaudi, with a chance of coalition agreements…

Partnerships with the ATM and DPSA are also possible, but the prospect of Hlaudi Motsoeneng propping up an ANC government is now mighty close. We’ll let you decide whether that’s a good or bad thing.