[dropcap]D[/dropcap]isgraced former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng wants to be president of South Africa.
According to various media reports on Monday, Motsoeneng, who was dismissed from the public broadcaster this month, wants the country’s top job.
Johannesburg newspaper The Star reported that Motsoeneng made the remarks at the Incredible Happenings Church in Katlehong on the East Rand on Sunday.
He reportedly said that he doesn’t want to be president in 2019, when the incubment, Jacob Zuma, must step down.
Rather, he said the country needs a woman president — presumably, he was referring to Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has presidential ambitions.
He would run for president later, he said, asking church congregants to pray that he becomes leader of South Africa.
On Motsoeneng’s watch, the SABC has been plunged into a deep financial crisis. The broadcaster has already gone cap in hand to national treasury, requesting a government bailout.
Motsoeneng said on Sunday that he hopes to play a leading role in shaping South Africa’s future, according to the The Star.
‘Pray that I rule’
The newspaper quoted him as saying: “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.”
He then said: “You should pray that I become the president of the country, because in me you are going to see a different South Africa.”
According to the report, he later assured congregants that he was set for greater things. “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.” — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media