Elections: Hlaudi says he’s pa

Photo: African Content Movement / Twitter

Elections: Hlaudi says he’s part of “The 35” who want to re-run the vote

The 35 political parties rejecting the IEC’s results now includes Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the ACM. As if these elections needed any more distractions…

Elections: Hlaudi says he’s pa

Photo: African Content Movement / Twitter

There’s a situation developing at the IEC results centre which could be of grave concern to how the 2019 Elections come to an end. A group of 35 minor parties have threatened protests if there isn’t an audit into how the vote was conducted. There’s tension in the air, but thankfully, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was on hand to provide the comic relief.

How many votes did Hlaudi Motsoeneng get?

His African Content Movement – a vanity project created by Hlaudi, for Hlaudi – have registered less than 4 000 votes across the country. That’s about 0.02% of the total vote share, putting the party in the bottom ten performers in South Africa.

He was interviewed on eNCA a short while ago and assumed the role of a cartoon villain threatening to “take over” the country. He confirmed the ACM have joined other minor parties in rejecting the IEC’s results, and Motsoeneng went on to call for a rerun of the elections:

“In some voting booths, we are being told ACM got 0%. But we know this isn’t true, when we have gone and voted there. Yes, I’m part of ‘the 35’ parties – we can’t allow people to rig the vote.”

“They need to re-run the elections, they’ve admitted people were arrested. Now is not the end of the road, it’s beginning of the road for us. We are going to rule South Africa!”

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Underwhelming debut from ACM

Some folks just don’t know how to take an L, do they? What will be concerning for Hlaudi Motsoeneng is how he’s been unable to use his political profile effectively. We’ve seen the likes of Patricia de Lille and Jimmy Manyi successfully secure Parliamentary seats for their parties this week, but “Mr 90%” has had no such luck.

We’d love to tell you the best provincial performance the ACM managed, but it’s genuinely difficult when they don’t appear in any region’s top 15. It looks as if the best result came in Free State, where 1 041 loyal supporters took him and his party to the dizzy heights of 16th-best in the province.

Who are the 35 parties who reject the IEC’s results?

We know that Cope, Women Forward, SAACYF, Front Nasionaale, the Land Party and Agang – the latter of which held a seat in Parliament last term – are all backing “The 35” and their rage against the voting machines. The main concern is that some parties are getting fewer votes than they have enrolled members, leading to cries of conspiracy.

The IEC, however, do have to take a share of the blame for several issues that have been raised with the voting process this year. Indelible ink, faulty ID scanners and missing stamps on ballot papers have thrown the credibility of the 2019 Elections into doubt. However, independent observers say they are “happy” with what they’ve seen: