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Thu Oct 23 12:13:23 SAST 2014

Celebrity culture fatally flawed: iLive

Thami Sesmani, by e-mail | 07 December, 2012 00:19
Jub Jub Murder Trial
Image by: City Press / Lucky Nxumalo / Gallo Images

THE sentencing of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala is an indictment on the country's entertainment industry ("No mercy for Jub Jub", yesterday).

Maarohanye's actions that resulted in the deaths and maiming of innocent schoolchildren is a reflection of the rot in the industry, where drugs, alcohol abuse, sex and parties are the norm.

In South Africa, this is exacerbated by the fact that people become instant "celebrities".

In some cases, if not most, these "celebrities" achieve stardom overnight without the work, discipline and patience that normal people have to put in to make a success of their lives.

We end up with people whose characters have not been refined to withstand the pressures that come with celebrity life.

As a result of this they do not have control. They move with the flow and still want to fit in with a certain group.

For them to fit in it means they must take drugs, drink and party until the cows come home. How many of them drink and drive? How many of them drive under the influence of drugs, or simply negligently?

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Doctor Khumalo was found guilty of reckless and negligent driving, Kwaito star Mandoza was involved in a similar incident.

The singer Lebo Mathosa died in a car crash.

You do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what is going on in the celebrity world.

I think we need to be very careful who we elevate because the word "celebrity" is being attached to people who do not deserve it.

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