Cele, ignored in life, honoured in death

Recent grim events in which South Africans lost icons distressed a lot of people. Our true king of films, Henry Cele, has passed on and we should be singing and dancing to celebrate his legacy.

Recent grim events in which South Africans lost icons distressed a lot of people. Our true king of films, Henry Cele, has passed on and we should be singing and dancing to celebrate his legacy.

This pioneer brought awareness to a culture whose facts were distorted by historians.

Cele brought the true lesson of history to our TV screens, not the drudgery of long, boring history lessons we were subjected to at school. Shaka Zulu the TV series brought awareness and happiness to many of us.

The past is gone with its sweet song. Cele died a very lonely, poor man. He was robbed, lied to and belittled by those filmmakers. They made millions from his talent, but he did not benefit.

Even our own media people ignored his talent. They didn't treat him with respect and never honoured him with that covetous life-time achievement award that some undeserving individuals have been given.

Now that he has passed on, people pretend to revere him. Cele was probably a bitter man because life did not treat him well. Many celebrities and businessmen will now converge to honour him. But no matter what they do, it is not honouring Cele. Let's stop honouring the dead, but rather the living.

Simon Mogashoa,

Vleeisboom

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