- On Wednesday, the country bid farewell to the last Rivonia trialist, Andrew Mlangeni
- Infamous funeral artist Lebani Sirenje, who is popularly known as Rasta, was there to pay his respects
- Rasta painted a portrait of Mlangeni, and photos were posted online, gathering positive reactions from South Africans for a change
Today, South Africans paid their final respects to Andrew Mlangeni at his burial in Soweto. Amongst those who attended the funeral was Lebani "Rasta" Sirenje - the infamous funeral artist.
Staying true to his profession, Rasta painted a portrait of the last Rivonia trialist to celebrate his life and honour his death.
Photos of the painting have since surfaced online and they left South Africans shocked over how he managed to capture the late struggle icon.
The photos circulated on different social media platforms and shared on Twitter by iNkosazana uAthi-Ngwany’amaMpondomise - the head of Digital Communications in the Presidency.
The post was captioned:
"Rasta came through #RIPAndrewMlangeni"
Many, including DJ Fresh, agreed the painting looked like Mlangeni and it led them to question who actually created it.
Twitter user, @African_Spring, commented:
"Which Rasta is this?"
Rami Chuene wrote:
"Yes he did! Wow!"
Social media user, @Les_Ndlovu, added:
"I wonder who painted that for him."
Another tweep, @refiloer, said:
"What has this imposter done with the real Rasta. Ngeke! Phela the real Rasta would have drawn Govan or Rolihlahla today instead."
Leonard Masilela, who goes by the Twitter handle @LeonardMasilela, commented:
"I think Rasta is plagiarising someone's work. I am very sceptical that he could have gotten it so right."
Briefly.co.za reported last week that the Presidency confirmed the devastating news of Andrew Mlangeni's passing. The struggle icon passed at the age of 95 after being admitted to the 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria, on Tuesday.
Taking to social media, the Presidency announced the heartbreaking news:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa has learnt with deep sadness of the passing away overnight of the last remaining Rivonia Trialist and Isithwalandwe Seaparankwe, Andrew Mekete Mlangeni."
The SA head of state said:
“The passing of Andrew Mekete Mlangeni signifies the end of a generational history and places our future squarely in our hands.
“Until recently, we were able to sit at Bab’ Mlangeni’s feet and draw on his wealth of wisdom and his unfailing commitment – even at his very advanced age – to a better life for all South Africans."
Meanwhile, in other news, South Africans were devastated to learn about the passing of Orlando Pirates superfan Mandla 'Mgijimi' Sindane.
Sindane has suddenly passed away, leaving soccer fans mourning his death. According to his brother, he struggled to breathe before he died.
He died in his sleep, alone at home and his father only found his body the following day. Robert Marawa and Fikile Mbalula were amongst many to pay their respects online.
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