Hlaudi Motsoeneng's top 10 quotes for 2016

Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)
Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)

Johannesburg - One of the most controversial figures in the South African spotlight this year was former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng whose antics have grabbed headlines.

In the latest saga surrounding Motsoeneng, his lawyer said on Tuesday that the former SABC executive won’t be going to work on Tuesday.

READ: Hlaudi: ‘SABC must decide if I stay or go’

This after the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Monday ruled that his recent appointment as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs was unlawful and irrational.

Motsoeneng, though, has had a roller coaster year with several other controversies such as his banning of violent protest footage and the implementation of a 90% local content policy.

READ: Defiant Motsoeneng, SABC chair hit back

He was also part of a series of dramatic press conferences, several of which Fin24 and News24 attended.

We've then narrowed down the top quotes from Motsoeneng in descending order to reflect on while he is on his day off...  

10. "Some of you and many they want to come work for this organisation [the SABC], because this is the best organisation.”

9. "Should I go back to school? The answer is a big no." 

8. "Everywhere I go around the world, people acknowledge Hlaudi."

7. "I am also aware that I am selling newspapers. You run with Hlaudi, your newspapers, before 10:00 they are gone because Hlaudi is a brand. You go to social media, Hlaudi is trending, number 1, number 2, number 3. I am making money for you."

6. "I want to applaud people who recognise this wonderful person called Hlaudi. Because when I came here there was no SABC. People will tell you there was no SABC. When I came here, there was just a disaster."

5. "Previously who was talking about the COO of the SABC? You didn't even know about this position. Today you are going to know about this corporate affairs because it's going to be fun. I am going to enjoy this position."

4. “I believe in myself and I believe that everywhere I am I do miracles and I will do these miracles in the position I am going to apply." 

3. “No one else and also you see when you have all this hullabaloo around you. I was not produced by media; I was not produced by individuals. I have my own brain, I have my own vision and I want to repeat my future is in my hands.”

2. “All these people sitting here, they have qualifications but if they have to take me head-on, they know I mesmerise them.”

1. “In my view Hlaudi Motsoeneng is Hlaudi Motsoeneng and there is one Hlaudi Motsoeneng in South Africa, is this one called Hlaudi Motsoeneng.”

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