Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Image via Facebook @hlaudimotsoaneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng believes he will be the next president of South Africa

Is Hlaudi Motsoeneng delusional, or does he actually stand a chance of becoming the president of South Africa?

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Image via Facebook @hlaudimotsoaneng

Shunned former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has always had dreams of grandeur. Now, the controversial broadcasting boss has his eyes set firmly on the presidency of South Africa.

It’s not the first time Motsoeneng has been described as delusional. The former SABC executive single-handedly broke the national broadcasting company, through gross mismanagement and destructive nepotism.

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Sowetan Live reported on Motsoeneng’s latest utterances, made at the 70th birthday celebrations of Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, on Friday. The event was held at Enyokeni Palace in Nongoma‚ northern KwaZulu-Natal.

‘The day I become president’ – Motsoeneng

The former SABC boss argued that he was disappointed in the calibre of political leaders currently at the helm of South Africa’s unsteady ship, saying:

“The day I become the prez of South Africa‚ you’ll see real change and impact in the lives of our people. Because I’m just watching people playing games.”

The former media magnate also jumped to the defence of former president, Jacob Zuma. The two allies had forged a strong, albeit unsavoury relationship, while both were leaders at the time. Both will be remembered for suffocating under scandal and controversy, removed from power by their own associates.

Watch: Motsoeneng believes he’ll be the next SA president

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s 2014 report found that Motsoeneng had been dishonest and had misrepresented his matric qualifications, had irregularly increased his own salary, purged the broadcaster of senior staff and abused his powers.

According to Motsoeneng, his removal, akin to Zuma’s recall, was unjust and politically motivated. The scorned ex-boss lashed out at members of parliament who forced Zuma’s recall – in the same way that he was persecuted by just about everybody in South Africa.

Defending Zuma and the Zulu King

In his defence of former president Zuma, Motsoeneng also praised Zulu King Zwelithini, saying that he would fight on the monarch’s behalf – an apparent reference to the government’s land expropriation plans, and its effect on the Ingonyana Trust. Motsoeneng said:

“I want to say today: we must defend our majesty. I’m not just talking about the Zulus. South Africa will defend the king when it comes to land.”