How Embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng ‘Hijacked’ Mandoza’s Funeral


Embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng ha been accused of hijacking Mandoza’s funeral service to suit his personal interest.

While the nation and the world watched, Motsoeneng mounted the stage during the service to hit back at his critics. As someone who has made an impact in the entertainment industry, Motsoeneng was given a chance to pay tribute to the fallen Kwaito star during a funeral service held at Grace Bible Church in Soweto.

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However, instead of paying tribute to the dead, he started speaking as if it was an SABC press conference.

At first, the embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng started telling mourners about his last visit to Mandoza. But then, he went off track and started blowing his own trumpet.

“Who is the problem in South Africa? The problem is black people. If you ask black people, they complain about transformation but they are in charge of transformation. How can you complain about yourselves?” he said.

Even after the programme director interrupted his speech, Motsoeneng asked for more time. He insisted that; ‘this was what 90% local content was about’.

Thus, Motsoeneng continued his rant;

“I introduced 90% after music veterans approached me. By introducing 90 percent, we have insured. We are insuring artists. They will never die poor.”

The defiant SABC leader recounted that this is not the first time the SABC has dismissed him. Nevertheless, he has alsways “come back stronger.”

He concluded his ‘speech’ by urging everyone to pay for their TV licences.

“Pay your TV licence,” he echoed at the top of his voice.

Reports emerged earlier this week that embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will now report for work as an ordinary employee.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled to uphold the Western Cape High Court judgment earlier this year. The High Court ruled that his appointment as the COO of the public broadcaster was irrational and must be set aside.

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