Celebrities 25.1.2018 10:04 am

Robbie Malinga’s redesigned tombstone unveiled

IMMORTALISED. Robbie Malinga’s son, Robbie jnr, walks back to his seat after unveiling his father’s tombstone and reading the inscription at the Westpark
Cemetery in Johannesburg, yesterday. Pictures: Refilwe Modise

IMMORTALISED. Robbie Malinga’s son, Robbie jnr, walks back to his seat after unveiling his father’s tombstone and reading the inscription at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg, yesterday. Pictures: Refilwe Modise

The new statue is a bust, rather than the full figure of the old version.

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Bataung Memorials redid the first tombstone after Robbie’s fans complained that the seven-tonne tombstone statue looked nothing like him.

Robbie was laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg earlier this month. The 49-year-old died on Christmas Day. He was diagnosed with anaemia several months before his death.

Pictures of his life-sized tombstone went viral on the day of his funeral, with many criticising the design.

The company promised to rework the statue. The new tombstone was unveiled at the cemetery on Tuesday.

Robbie’s friends and family were present for the ceremony. His brother, Bheki Malinga, broke down in tears when he saw the new tombstone.

“I’m too emotional to talk, but what I can say is that we are happy with the work. There is so much resemblance now especially the head,” Tshisa Live quoted him as saying.

The new statue is a bust, rather than the full figure of the old version. Robbie is wearing a different suit, and instead of being surrounded by awards, he has a piano instead.

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