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Shimza & Julius Malema drag Nathi Mthethwa for ‘insensitive’ tweet on the day of Riky Rick’s funeral

Minister of Sport, Art and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa briefing the media on the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme forensic investigation report.The media briefing took place at Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre. Picture: Ntswe Mokoena.

Minister of Sport, Art and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa briefing the media on the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme forensic investigation report.The media briefing took place at Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre. Picture: Ntswe Mokoena.

Published Mar 2, 2022

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Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has been dragged by Julius Malema, DJ Shimza and others for an "insensitive' tweet on the day of Riky Rick’s funeral.

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Following the death of hip hop heavyweight, Riky Rick, who took his own life, the discussion of mental health and suicide has been on the tongues of many regular South Africans and celebrities.

While many bid their final goodbyes to the late rapper on Tuesday, Mthethwa tweeted that he and his department were at the Kgosi Mampuru Museum in Pretoria to officially launch Human Rights Month.

In a tweet, accompanied by images showing the minister standing in front of lynch ropes, the minister said, “Earlier today, we were at Kgosi Mampuru Museum in Tshwane in Gauteng to officially launch Human Rights Month.

“As an integral part of our programme, we embarked on a tour of the Kgosi Mampuru Gallows Museum, a national heritage site.”

Mthethwa's tweet sparked reactions from many, including EFF leader Julius Malema and DJ Shimza, who criticised him for sharing such images on the day of Riky Rick's funeral.

“The timing. Read the f***ing room,” Shimza told the minister.

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Malema said, “He banna, not today”.

Following the news of Riky’s death, celebrities such as Somizi Mhlongo, Pearl Thusi and Nadia Nakai posted videos and pictures in memory of the “Nafukwa” rapper.

Somizi posted a video of Riky and him hugging and having a conversation in a crowded place while the voice-over in the video was of Riky uttering some profound words.

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Pearl Thusi shared a variety of pictures and a music video and in part of the lengthy caption, she wrote: “You definitely will never be forgotten and if there is another or more life beyond where we are now – I hope to meet you again. Rest in Power, Boss Zonke.

Nadia Nakai posted a video of Riky and her performing at a concert.

She wrote: “You said you’ll return a better man, but it won’t be in my life time. I’ll never get to do this with you again.”

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