Picture: YOUTUBE
Picture: YOUTUBE

FORMER SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng upset mourners when he took to the podium at kwaito star Mandoza’s funeral to push his own agenda and lambast his critics.

Given the opportunity to pay tribute at Mandoza’s funeral at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto he spoke as if he was addressing an SABC press conference.

The SABC’s most controversial "ordinary staff member" started off by telling mourners about his last visit to Mandoza — and then went off at a tangent singing his own praises.

"Who is the problem in SA? The problem is black people. If you ask black people‚ they complain about transformation, but they are in charge of transformation," he said.

"How can you complain about yourselves?"

The funeral programme director tried to cut him short, but Motsoeneng asked for more time, saying "this is what 90% local content is about".

"I introduced 90% after music veterans approached me. By introducing 90%‚ we have insured. We are insuring artists. They will never die poor‚" he said.

Motsoeneng went on to say that this was not the first time he had been dismissed at the SABC, and he had "come back stronger."

Motsoeneng concluded his "speech" by urging everyone to pay their TV licences.

"Pay your TV licence‚" he shouted.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal against the Western Cape High Court ruling that set aside his permanent appointment as the national broadcaster’s chief operating officer.

The Times reported on Thursday that the SABC board is considering asking Communication Minister Faith Muthambi to reappoint Motsoeneng as the acting chief operations officer. 

Muthambi has not "formally received" a board letter asking for him to be reappointed.

 The Broadcasting‚ Electronic‚ Media and Allied Workers Union has vowed to challenge any decision to keep him at the SABC.