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Lungelo Gumede speaks out after destroying R60 000 Riky Rick statue he made

Following rapper and fashion icon Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado’s passing on Wednesday 23 February, due to an alleged suicide, artists (musicians, poets, painters) have honoured the Sidl’ukotini hitmaker.

Among these artists is Durban sculptor Lungelo Gumede. The talented artist made a wax statue of “Mr Boss Zonke” and had it on display at the Bat Centre in Durban.

Although many were impressed with Gumede’s work, the Makhado family was not pleased. Reaching out to the sculptor, Riky Rick’s brother, Themba Makhado, asked him to take the artwork down.

According to a local publication, the Riky Rick statue has since been destroyed by Gumede. This comes after Themba reached out to him again to take it down.

Gumede told the publication that he felt threatened by Themba who also accused him of benefitting financially from his brother’s death. Denying the accusations, he stated that he had forked out R60 000 to make the statue. He added that fans of the late rapper had been viewing it for free.

It cost me about R60 000 to make the statue. I made it out of love for Riky Rick and art. I felt threatened and I couldn’t take it anymore. So stop the threats, I decided to destroy the statue. It took me about a week to make it and only a few minutes to destroy it. -Gumede said.

The publication also leaked a conversation which is believed to be between Gumede and Themba. In the WhatsApp texts, Themba again asks the sculptor to take the Riky Rick statue down. He also tells him not to compare himself to Big Zulu because, unlike the Umuzi eSandton rapper, he was not friends with his brother.

Themba’s text is in response to a comment Gumede made last week when he said he did not understand why the family was not pleased with his tribute when rapper Big Zulu recorded a tribute song for King Kotini.

Riky’s brother further said that he hoped he didn’t have to take Gumede to a place he doesn’t want to be; threatening to take legal action against him.

WhatsApp chat between Gumede and Themba

In other news – The River actress Lunathi Mampofu almost died

Mzansi TV show The River star Lunathi Mampofu recently opened up about her near-death experience. In a video that she shared on Instagram, the actress said she was held at gunpoint while driving.

Lunathi Mampofu

“I was driving down a street in town, and then I just see a guy pop by and he is walking in front of the car. Within a split second, he came to my window and pulled out the gun so I froze, “He said if you don’t pull down this window right now I will shoot you. Learn More