Hlaudi aims for pres­i­dent

He and ‘fake’ prophet pray for his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture

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AXED SABC boss Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng has urged peo­ple to pray that he one day be­comes pres­i­dent of South Africa, say­ing they would see a com­pletely dif­fer­ent coun­try al­to­gether.

He said al­though he har­bours no am­bi­tions to be­come the pres­i­dent in 2019, he does hope to play a piv­otal, if not, lead­ing role in the shap­ing of South Africa’s fu­ture.

Mot­soe­neng, who was re­cently fired from the SABC for hold­ing an unau­tho­rised me­dia brief­ing in April, was speak­ing yes­ter­day at “prophet” Paseka Mboro’s In­cred­i­ble Hap­pen­ings Church in Katle­hong, Ekurhu­leni.

He was a guest at the church along with Peter Mokoena, who en­ter­tained the con­gre­gants with his hit song Boph­elo Baka.

Mot­soe­neng did not mince his words as he ad­dressed the con­gre­gants re­gard­ing his pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions.

“To those who are con­cerned about Hlaudi, let me tell you, know that the fu­ture looks bright for me.

“When you pray, pray that I rule the coun­try.

“You should pray that I be­come the pres­i­dent of the coun­try, be­cause in me you are go­ing to see a dif­fer­ent South Africa,” he said.

Mot­soe­neng is the sec­ond prom­i­nent per­son to visit the con­tro­ver­sial Mboro. For­mer Hawks boss Bern­ing Ntle­meza also went there fol­low­ing the high court in Pre­to­ria’s ruled his ap­point­ment be set aside. Just like Ntle­meza, Mot­soe­neng re­ceived a warm wel­come from the con­gre­gants.

Mot­soe­neng, who has made state­ments sug­gest­ing that he is back­ing for­mer AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s suc­ces­sor, said he was not “eye­ing” the 2019 elec­tions as he wanted a woman to run the coun­try.

He said, how­ever, that he one day wanted to be­come part of the change in the coun­try.

Mot­soe­neng also had a mes­sage for his de­trac­tors, say­ing he was among the prom­i­nent South Africans who were un­der at­tack be­cause he wanted to change the coun­try for the bet­ter.

“All the peo­ple who are chang­ing South Africa are un­der at­tack. I’m one of them.”

Mot­soe­neng, who in­tro­duced the con­tro­ver­sial quota sys­tems for ra­dio and TV mu­sic, which led to the pub­lic broad­caster los­ing mil­lions of rand in rev­enue, said he did not see the need for the coun­try to have mul­ti­ple po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“This, he said, was not help­ful to a coun­try that has a high un­em­ploy­ment rate, es­pe­cially among the youth.

“We should rather have less than five po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the coun­try,” he said.

Re­gard­ing his sack­ing for bring­ing the SABC into dis­re­pute and vi­o­lat­ing its code of con­duct af­ter he at­tacked the pub­lic broad­caster’s in­terim board and Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mot­soe­neng said those who thought he was down and out were wrong.

“Peo­ple are say­ing it’s the end of Hlaudi. Ac­tu­ally, it’s the be­gin­ning of a bet­ter jour­ney for Hlaudi.

“The fu­ture is bright for Hlaudi. This is a test and I am en­joy­ing it,” he said.

“I grew up in the street. I was starv­ing, but I knew I’m dif­fer­ent be­cause God is with me.

“We are busy talk­ing about un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try when we are busy em­ploy­ing so many politi­cians who are not help­ing the coun­try in any way,” he said.

Mot­soe­neng said Mboro rep­re­sented the coun­try bet­ter than politi­cians in par­lia­ment. Mboro said if Mot­soe­neng does not be­come the pres­i­dent, he can be a min­is­ter or a po­lit­i­cal fig­ure and would still have a voice.

Mot­soe­neng said Mboro rep­re­sented the coun­try bet­ter than the politi­cians in Par­lia­ment.

Mboro stated that if Mot­soe­neng did not be­come pres­i­dent, he could be a min­is­ter or a po­lit­i­cal fig­ure, but re­gard­less, he would still have a voice.

Mboro said he had prayed for many po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in the past who were do­ing well in their ca­reer paths and he knew the same would hap­pen to Mot­soe­neng.

“I have prayed for rain when the coun­try was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wa­ter-shed­ding, and the fol­low­ing day the rain poured.

“I also prayed for the trop­i­cal cy­clone Di­neo, and the storm stopped and did lit­tle dam­age.”

Mboro also told Mot­soe­neng that he must not for­get him as soon as ev­ery­thing started go­ing his way, be­cause af­ter his prayer, Mot­soe­neng would start to see the change.

Peo­ple are say­ing it’s the end of me. Ac­tu­ally, it’s the be­gin­ning

MO­TI­VATED: Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng, right, vis­ited “prophet” Paseka Mboro’s church to ask for prayers for him to be­come pres­i­dent of the coun­try.

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