Motaung also praised Malema's contribution to the accolade.
“I want to acknowledge the prior call you have been making to the higher education institutions to honour my contributions with a doctoral degree. I noticed your resounding response via public pronouncements when it became known that UCT invited me to receive the award, and I appreciated that too,” he said.
“You took time out of your busy schedule to grace the momentous occasion. Your presence was felt, and so was the red army who created the celebratory atmosphere with song and dance. My family and I wish to once more express our gratitude to you.”
Last week, Motaung said “never in his wildest dreams” did he think he would receive an honorary doctorate.
“It’s a truly memorable day for me because it’s one of those rare occasions and moments in my life I will always treasure,” he said.
“It was a great day, not really because of me but because of what the journey entails in terms of my Kaizer Chiefs career, because everything for me has been through and through a Kaizer Chiefs contribution.
“It was a great day for SA football, but in particular Chiefs. And of course my family, because what happened today is a recognition by a lot of other people of the part I’ve played in this journey”.