Mzansi is divided as President Ramaphosa honours Peter Magubane with an official funeral.
According to recent reports, President Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured the late renown photographer and anti-apartheid activist Peter Magubane, a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2. SABC News reports that Ramaphosa has ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast in Gauteng on the day of Magubane’s funeral.
The funeral will reportedly happen on Wednesday next week. A memorial service will be held at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto. The President’s decision was praised by Premier Panyaza Lesufi, who called it a well-deserved recognition for the late activist.
The publication further reports that Magubane published about 17 photography books, including Nelson Mandela: Man of the People. Mzansi shared divided reactions to the news. While some praised the president’s decision, others called it a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Chrisfvz wrote, “Lesufi wasting taxpayer money again. This is the fool that authorized a R430 million school sanitization tender that was only worth R6 million.” Luzuko Gwama reacted to the news, praising Ramaphosa, “Thanks, Mr President, we appreciate your leadership continue to lead.” Elizabeth Terblanche also replied, “This premier wants to be relevant, an attention seeker, anything or anyone for votes.”