Hlaudi says he'll stop social grants if his party wins elections

Hlaudi Motsoeneng is fighting the SABC for his reinstatement and pension fund.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng is fighting the SABC for his reinstatement and pension fund.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

Hlaudi Motsoeneng has accused the South African government of inducing laziness among its citizens through social grants. 

Motsoeneng said this during the launch of his newly formed political party, African Content Movement, in Milpark on Tuesday. While addressing the media and dozens of followers, Motsoeneng said his party would do away with the social grants system. 

“We must run away from giving people grants because we are building a lazy nation. In South Africa, people will always ask you what you can do for them and not what they can do for themselves. People need opportunities and not grants,” said Motsoeneng. 

He blamed the raging taxi wars on the government’s lack of regulation of the industry and said that under his government, the taxi industry would also be funded. 

“The government funds things like Gautrain that go to Sandton but not an industry that is run by our people for our people. We are going to change that when we are in positions of leadership,” he said. 

Motsoeneng said his removal from the SABC gave him an opportunity to form a political party to effect change. 

He said he was ready to take on President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the 2019 national elections and criticised the ANC for sidelining former president Jacob Zuma. 

“Some of the members in the ANC they were asking me not start a party even though I am not happy. I told them it’s not about the leadership, it’s because they are incapable of leading South Africa,” he said. 

“They removed Msholozi from the leadership role because they said he was bad for campaigning ahead of next year’s elections, but now they are using his face for campaigning.”

In a media briefing on Thursday, December 13 2018, former SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced the launch of his new political party, the African Content Movement.

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