- More details have emerged about the identity of the father who gifted his daughter a fancy sports car for her 18th birthday
-The girl's father owns a memorial business, which has done tombstones many celebrities including Madiba
- Social media lit up recently as a video of the young girl being given the school at her school started to trend on social media amid a variety of reactions to the video
Imagine being given a Porsche for your eighteenth birthday and having it delivered to you at school in front of all your friends.
Do you think this is a far fetched dream? It is exactly what happened to one Jozi school girl not too long ago as reported by Briefly.co.za.
The schoolgirl's father is now known to be Lebohang Khitsane. A successful businessman, Khitsane is the owner of the memorial business which won the honour of designing Madiba’s tombstone.
It didn't take social media amateur sleuths too long to find out who exactly was behind such an extravagant gesture and the story has trended on all social media platforms and even drawn the attention of politicians.
ANC elections chief Fikile Mbalula asked some questions about whether it is a good idea to buy a child a Porsche for their birthday along with the video in a tweet on Friday‚ stirring up a robust debate eliciting a variety of viewpoints.
Artist and businessman Khitsane was recently in the news over controversy regarding a large statue of the late Robbie Malinga which had to be redesigned after a flurry of nasty comments on social media.
His business, Bataung Memorial Tombstones‚ has designed and manufactured tombstones for families‚ prominent citizens and celebrities‚ including: Nelson Mandela‚ former prime minister of Lesotho‚ Dr Leabua Jonathan‚ flyweight boxing world champion Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala‚ and television presenters Vuyo Mbuli and Simba Mhere. His works commemorating the dead is recognised across the continent and has been featured on international news networks. Clearly it also helps him make a lot of money if he can afford to buy his daughter such a pricy 18th birthday gift.
The video shows a man covering the eyes of a schoolgirl carrying a bouquet of red flowers and guiding her past cars while her classmates stand by watching. The girl is clearly overwhelmed and says a few times that she is crying, and eventually calls out for help saying, “I’m going to faint‚ wait‚ wait‚” just before her dad reveals a covered white Porsche with Gauteng registration plates. The father then hugs his daughter saying, “happy birthday‚” with the tearful daughter replying her thanks.
As usual, social media users all rushed to different opinions on who the mysterious father was with a few incorrectly claiming it to be Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza.
Khitsane himself has refused to declined to comment on the widely shared video clip, but wife‚ Maria‚ posted in a public post on Facebook via her Instagram account about how proud the couple is of their daughter, Tsoelopele.
“As your parents all we want to say is that we are really proud of the way you have grown into a fine young woman. Keep going‚ keep reaching new heights – just remember that You may have turned eighteen but always remember that we will never stop nagging and telling you what to do – simply because we love you. Happy 18th birthday.”
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