A statue honoring the late rapper Riky Rick, real name Rikhado Makhado, has been destroyed.
A Durban wax artist named Lungelo Gumede reportedly received threats from Riky’s family over the statue, the Daily Sun reported.
Gumede says he created the statue in honor of Riky Rick and invited people to view it for free.
Despite the friendly gesture, Riky’s family was not happy with the fact that the statue was made so soon after his death because they are still in mourning.
The artist heeded calls from the family to cover up the image and stop people from viewing it at the Bat Center in Durban.
This seemed to anger people who wanted to see it, so the artist decided to destroy it.
It was reported by the Daily Sun that Riky Rick’s brother Themba exchanged heated text messages with Gumede, claiming the artist took advantage of the statute even though viewing it was free.
Gumede said he was content to destroy his own artwork in minutes, which cost him R60,000 to create.
He says he felt threatened and “couldn’t take it anymore”.
He accused Themba of not understanding his work and what an impact Riky Rick had, not only on himself, but also as a public figure.
The text messages between the two reportedly show Themba criticizing Gumede’s artwork for not being personally close to Riky like Big Zulu has paid tribute.
Despite Gumede not receiving the blessing of Riky’s family, some people on Twitter thought the image was beautifully done.
The The Vanir-exodus has been contacted for comment from Riky’s family and is still awaiting a response.
Rapper laid to rest
The Sidlukotinic rapper was laid to rest in a private ceremony in Johannesburg last week.
Family and friends also hosted a special tribute concert at Wanderers Stadium last Friday.
Music acts like Costa Titch, Nadia Nakai, Big Zulu, Black Coffee, Cassper Nyovest and more graced the stage.
There have been many thoughts and prayers for Riky’s family since his tragic loss, especially for his wife Bianca Naidoo.
a close family friend, Mom Mahlangu shared a touching post for Bianca.
She wrote: “I remember when Rikhado met [you] and he was afraid to introduce [you]took a while and then Mahiki came and he was like dude she is afraid of you. I can’t believe it’s 9 years old, you are the most stable, consistent, courageous loving strong woman I know. He loved so much that he was selective with who comes closer [you]the one day he said “I know how” [you] do because you talk to Bianca because she’s good at building relationships with the people I care about, so I know if you talk to her, I’m good.”
I always said it to [you]you have a sister [a] friend in me and my support and protection of you is even greater now i love [you] always B.”
Curated by Sandisiwe Mbhele