Hlaudi Motsoeneng has high hopes of becoming South Africa’s next president, displaying a renewed sense of frenzied enthusiasm for the task at hand.
There’s dreaming big, and then there’s Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Despite plunging the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) into financial ruin during his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, Motsoeneng believes that the key to national prosperity rests with him and with him alone. The thin line between overoptimism and delusion is one which Motsoeneng not only oversteps but dances across gleefully.
It’s unlikely that President Cyril Ramaphosa is losing any sleep over Motsoeneng’s threats of total domination. Following his disgraced exit from the SABC, Motsoeneng turned his back on the African National Congress (ANC) and formed his own political party; the African Content Movement (ACM). Deriving its name from a dubious broadcasting scheme, implemented during Motsoeneng’s rule at the SABC, ACM is contesting the upcoming elections, with its election manifesto launch taking place on 6 April.
Watch: Hlaudi Motsoeneng gets excited
This brings us to the bizarre, yet unsurprising, video
footage released by the political party on Wednesday afternoon, which features
a typically overzealous Motsoeneng addressing the “people
of South Africa” under the shade of a suburban garden. Punting the party’s
election manifesto launch, Motsoeneng makes some incredibly bold statements,
“I have a plan for this country, to turn around the lives of our people. The person that is going to change South Africa – whether we like it or not – is Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the president of ACM.
You know that I’m tested on decision making. I’m tested on changing the lives of our people. I have demonstrated that, South Africa – there is no need for you to think about other political parties, to think about other leaders.
The only way for you to change your life, it is only voting for ACM; voting Hlaudi Motsoeneng to ascend to the Union Building.”
All the while trembling and waving his hands, delivering his,
at times, guttural, address, Motsoeneng’s giddiness gets the better of him
towards the end of the video. Reminiscent of a comical villain, clasping his
hands and dancing on the spot, Motsoeneng says:
“I’m very happy I’m going to change the lives of our own people. I’m very happy I’m an action man.
Thank you very much, South Africa. I am with you, you are with me; thank you.”