Hlaudi Motsoeneng took the time given to him to speak at the funeral of late kwaito star, Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala, to go on a public rant and hit out at his detractors.
The funeral is currently underway in Soweto in front of crowds of fans, fellow music stars, friends and family who are there to say their last goodbyes to Mandoza, who passed way on Sunday, due to a brain tumour.
Motsoeneng started off well relating how he heard about Mandoza’s passing and the impact his music had on South Africans, but some minutes into his speech, he started going off topic completely.
“I want to tell South Africans today, it is very important for us as South Africans to unite, especially the artists, because after introducing 90%, there is divisions among the legends and the coming artists. And I’m saying to you, for the sake of Mandoza, you need unity,” Motsoeneng said.
“If you are not united, we won’t be able to win this battle of transforming South Africa. You know when people talk about transformation, they speak English, I don’t speak English, I speak implementation,” he said to cheers from the audience.
“There is a difference between speaking English and intelligence. Some of us intelligence is in our blood. The reason we are able to do what we are doing is because we are unique. I listen to people, and I have been observing, when people were saying Hlaudi is out, you can’t decide for my future, I will decide for my future. And let me tell you, if I leave the SABC, it won’t be the first time. I left the SABC, I came back stronger and stronger,” he went on, in reference to his position as COO, which is currently in question.
“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…maybe you are stressed yourself because Hlaudi is delivering ,” Motsoeneng went on.
Not apologetic about 90% music quota
Motsoeneng explained how the idea for the 90% local music quota came about and said he wasn’t apologetic about making the decision
“When it comes to the SABC…when we introduced 90%, and I’m not apologetic about it, I introduced it, I took decision about it. And I’m going to tell you why I introduced 90%: [musicians] Eugene Mthethwa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Don Laka and many others, they came and approached me to say ‘ey, siyafa indlala la, silambile thina [we are dying of hunger here, we are hungry]. I want to tell you today by introducing 90%, this is the insurance of artists, they will never die poor,” Motsoeneng said.