The news that South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan announced that people should submit their illegal firearms so that they can be melted to create a statue in honour of the late Senzo Meyiwa has been received with criticism from cultural analysts. Dr Velaphi “Bhedlindaba” VVO Mkhize founder and president of the Umsamo African Institute says this practice is not cultural and will do more harm than good.
“In African culture we should never celebrate the weapon that killed someone. When we do that we are setting up for the same weapon to kill the members of the deceased family and his or her loved ones,” Dr Mkhize explains.
Furthermore, he adds that once a weapon is used to kill, it should not be used to honour. “There needs to be a cleansing in his family (which includes Bafana Bafana and the Orlando Pirates team) against that weapon. We cannot honour Senzo with a gun - melted or not. He died because of it. Doing that would be unAfrican at the core,” he adds.
Senzo was murdered in a robbery at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's house in Vosloorus on 26 October.