Relentless former SABC boss, Hlaudi Motsoeneng hits back on those fighting hard to get rid of him from the SABC, saying he will remain the leader in the state-owned broadcaster whether they like it or not.
Speaking on the steps of the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town, Motsoeneng said he was born to lead South Africans in a special unit like the South African Broadcasting Corporation and no one will be able to undo that fact.
He said he is ready to occupy the position of COO at the SABC and he would do so whether his haters like it or not.
Motsoeneng was possibly referring to the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, who have taken it upon himself to see him out of the SABC.
The DA wants to have Motsoeneng fired after the Public Protector found he was dishonest about his qualifications and was part of mismanagement at the public broadcaster.
Motsoeneng told his supporters that he is capable of taking the DA head on and that he need not become the chief operating officer (COO) of the SABC to keep on transforming the lives of black people.
“Actually I don’t need that title to change South Africa,” said the SABC’s group executive of corporate affairs on the steps of the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.
“I just need myself to change South Africa.”
He went on to say that unlike the DA who have been stressed out in their bid to see his end, he is is still strongly pursuing all his vision for the country.
While waving his arms to the delight of the Friends of Hlaudi watching adoringly and echoing the last words of his sentences loudly, he said:
“They had waited outside in the icy wind that followed much-needed rain in Cape Town for a sighting of Hlaudi, singing so loudly that they could be heard inside court one, which was jam-packed with lawyers.”
“I can tell you today I’m very glad to come back here,” said Motsoeneng, who went from acting COO to COO then to group executive of corporate affairs in spite of findings by the Public Protector against him, previous SABC board chair Ben Ngubane and previous communications minister Dina Pule.
“I am very glad that [Judge Dennis] Davis said…they should reappoint me to occupy the position of the COO as long as they can follow the process.
“And I am ready to apply and occupy that position,” he said, referring to a previous judgment by Davis saying his appointment was irrational, but that only a disciplinary inquiry could decide if he should be fired.”