Rasta The Artist Prince Mongosuthu ButheleziRasta The Artist and Prince Buthelezi (Images: The South African)

Rasta The Artist Nails Portrait of Late Prince Mongosuthu Buthelezi

South Africans were captivated by the artwork of Rasta The Artist, whose real name is Lebani Sirejenje, as he paid tribute to the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who passed away last Saturday.

The artist attended the funeral of the late Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch at the Prince Mangosuthu Regional Stadium in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, and honoured him with two portraits.

South Africans Astounded by Rasta The Artist’s Portraits of Prince Buthelezi

Rasta The Artist is renowned for creating portraits in memory of late South African celebrities and prominent figures. While his previous portraits have often faced criticism for not resembling the individuals accurately, his two portraits of the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi surprisingly bore a strong resemblance to the late monarch, leaving many in South Africa curious.

Social Media Reacts to Rasta’s Uncanny Portraits

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), South Africans couldn’t help but notice how Rasta The Artist’s paintings of Prince Mongosuthu Buthelezi actually captured his likeness. In a humorous tone, some commented that Rasta The Artist must have put extra effort into these portraits because he didn’t want to incur the wrath of the Zulus. They jokingly pointed out that he seemed well aware of the severe consequences he might face if he botched the job. Here are a few of the comments:


He drew properly because he knew Zulus were gona chop his head off


Usile uRasta 😂😂 when he knows that he will be beaten if he messed up someone he makes them look good😂


Rasta fears the Zulus, this is the best portrait from him so far😂😂🥰🥰


He had to do a good Job, otherwise the Zulu guys ababhenywa😂😂


He did his best but we all know why. Life was at stake

Prince Mangosuthu Butlelezi’s Special Funeral

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the late founder of the IFP and the traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation, was laid to rest in a special official funeral category 1 ceremony at the Prince Mangosuthu Stadium in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal.

The venue was packed with thousands of mourners who came to pay their respects to the prince. The amabutho arrived on Saturday morning with his body, and the regiments were instructed to stand down, with the SANDF taking over security. The Anglican church led the service.

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