Robbie Malinga’s 7-ton and R500 000 ‘statue tombstone’ is set to be removed and redesigned‚ after social media disapproved the initial design due to the lack of resemblance it had to the music icon.
The life-sized statue tombstone along with replica awards that Malinga scooped over his 20-year music career was unveiled at the Westpark Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon‚ where he was laid to rest.
Lebohang Khitsane‚ CEO of Bataung Memorials said that they decided to go back to the drawing board‚ after the negative feedback and genuine outcry by fans of Robbie Malinga on social media.
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“We have seen the feedback on social media and have decided to remove the tombstone and redesign it based on that. People have pointed out that the features on the statue does not resemble Robbie 100%‚” said Khitsane.
After the numerous objections to #RobbieMalingaFuneral tombstone, @BataungMemorial have agreed to fix it. Let’s support their initiative to right their wrongs. Thanks Ntate Khitsane and team. pic.twitter.com/sr1TCHrmRB
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Khitsane said he made the decision because as a company they pride themselves on “shocking” the industry with unique tombstones. Zagossip believes this time their “Shock Factor” with a rushed job backfired.
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“I always say‚ we never fail‚ we learn. Whether the feedback is good or bad‚ you have to take it and learn from it. So we will go back to the drawing board and take it to the next level.”