Attention Seeking Hlaudi Motsoeneng Hijacks Mandoza’s Funeral

‘I AM stress free,” former SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng told mourners at Mandoza’s funeral today.

“I hear people saying Hlaudi is stressed. Hlaudi is stress free. If I was stressed, I wouldn’t be able to deliver what I want to deliver. Maybe you are stressed yourself because Hlaudi is delivering.”

Motsoeneng has been quiet following the failure of his court bid to appeal against a ruling to set aside his appointment as the COO at the SABC. He used his turn at the podium of Mandoza’s funeral to mainly talk about himself and his ordeal at the SABC.

He said it was not the first time he was forced to leave the SABC. He promised he would come back to the public broadcaster stronger than ever.

“When people were saying Hlaudi is out, you can’t decide for my future. If I leave the SABC, it will not be the first time I left the SABC, and I became stronger and stronger.”

Motsoeneng said he had delivered as the COO of the SABC. He said during his tenure, ordinary workers at the SABC were paid earnestly. He said he was happy to go back to the SABC as an ordinary worker.

“When I was born I was an ordinary. I want to make sure that ordinary delivers. It doesn’t matter what position I am occupying. When SABC dismissed me it was because I was empowering workers,” he said.

On Tuesday, Motsoeneng reported for duty at the public broadcaster an “ordinary employee”, after the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected his bid for leave to appeal against a High Court ruling that set aside his permanent appointment.