Motsoeneng vows to return to SABC stronger

Hlaudi Motsoeneng says he will continue to serve his purpose at the SABC.

FILE: The SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While mourners gathered to pay their final respects to kwaito legend Mduduzi "Mandoza" Tshabalala, former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng used his time on the podium remind and to let his critics know that even if he left the broadcaster, which wouldn't be the first time he always returns stronger.

On Tuesday, Motsoeneng reported for duty at the SABC as an "ordinary employee" after the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected his bid for leave to appeal against a high court ruling that set aside his permanent appointment.

Mandoza died last Sunday after a long battle with cancer; he was 38 years old.

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Mandoza's wife, Mpho Tshabalala, made a moving speech in front of thousands of mourners at the Grace Bible Church this morning, saying her husband was a loving husband and father.

"He was an amazing husband and father, and 18 years later, I still love him."

But when it was his turn to speak, Motsoeneng diverted, saying he would continue to serve his purpose at the SABC.

"If I leave the SABC, it will not be the first time; I left the SABC and came back stronger and stronger."

Motsoeneng also told those gathered that he is happy or go back to the SABC as an "ordinary citizen".