Celebrity funeral artist lambasted over Akhumzi painting

Akhumzi Jezile's fans are not impressed with a painting done of him at a memorial service to celebrate his life.

03 May 2018 - 18:53
By Karishma Thakurdin
Akhumzi Jezile's fans don't think Lebani Sirenje's painting of him does the TV star justice.
Image: Via Twitter Akhumzi Jezile's fans don't think Lebani Sirenje's painting of him does the TV star justice.

Celebrity funeral artist Lebani Sirenje has come under fire once again, this time for his depiction of TV personality Akhumzi Jezile.

Lebani has become well-known for paying tribute to late political figures and well-known personalities through his canvas at their memorial or funeral services. 

As pictures of Lebani's unfinished portrait of Akhumzi emerged on Twitter, fans harshly criticised him. 

Fans ripped the portrait to shreds, saying it was not a true reflection of Akhumzi and did not do the 'larger than life' personality justice. 

It has been an emotionally-charged afternoon as those close to Akhumzi gathered at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg to celebrate his life. 

This is not the first time that Lebani has faced fierce backlash over his paintings. Last month Lebani's depiction of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela also caused an outcry on social media. 

Lebani has done portraits of former president Nelson Mandela‚ Albertina Sisulu‚ gospel stars Lundi Tyamara, Sfiso Ncwane and Mandoza, to name a few. 

Akhumzi, who was killed in a head-on collision along with Siyasanga Kobese, Thobani Mseleni and two others, will be laid to rest on Saturday at Westpark Cemetery after a funeral service at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

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Akhumzi's life was celebrated at an emotional memorial service on Thursday night where family, friends, and colleagues paid tribute to him. 

From listening to speaker at the service, and in the wake of the TV star's death, it is clear that he lived life to the fullest, he touched the lives of many people and he had unwavering faith in God.