Hlaudi Motsoeneng.   Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

HLAUDI Motsoeneng has thoroughly contradicted his own lawyer by uttering just four words: "I don’t have stress."

The former SABC chief operating officer boldly declared‚ while speaking on stage at the funeral of musician Mandoza in Soweto on Friday‚ that he was "stress-free".

Waving his finger in a fashion reminiscent of the presidential finger-wagging displayed on television by the late PW Botha‚ he told mourners: "I listen to people and I have been observing when people were saying Hlaudi is out. You can’t decide my future. I will decide for my future.

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"And let me tell you‚ if I leave the SABC it will not be the first time. I left the SABC. I came back stronger and stronger‚" he said.

The SABC reported on Thursday that Motsoeneng was "suffering from emotional stress"‚ according to his lawyer Zola Majavu.

The lawyer sent a letter to the SABC board demanding an explanation about his client’s role at the state broadcaster, after a legal blow by the Supreme Court of Appeal, which effectively confirmed that Motsoeneng’s appointment to the post of chief operating officer be set aside.

Majavu told the SABC that speculation over the future of his client had put Motsoeneng "under immense emotional strain and it will be best for everybody if there is certainty and clarity …. I have not received any correspondence from the SABC and it’s unfair".

This was contradicted by Motsoeneng on Friday, who confidently told mourners at the funeral‚ "I hear people saying Hlaudi is stressed. Hlaudi is stress-free. I don’t know stress because if I have stress I won’t be able to deliver what I want to deliver for the South Africans. So I don’t know stress. I don’t have stress. Maybe you are stressed yourselves because Hlaudi is delivering."

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