Kebby Maphatsoe's death not 'shocking'

Former MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe, who died on Tuesday. The writer says by describing his death as 'shocking' the ANC predictably followed the tradition established by the late Ronnie Mamoepa.
Former MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe, who died on Tuesday. The writer says by describing his death as 'shocking' the ANC predictably followed the tradition established by the late Ronnie Mamoepa.
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The ANC found Kebby Maphatsoe's death "shocking ". But why was his death "shocking " since he died of natural death given that virtually all of us will succumb to natural deaths also?

Natural deaths cannot be shocking. Death is the way of life. Maphatsoe was not stabbed to death at a brothel or died in a high-speed police car chase or collapsed while undertaking a 100m sprint at an athletics track or was mistakenly incinerated by a US drone strike.

In that case, his death would have been shocking indeed. Since the late ANC spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa used to characterise every death that he announced as "shocked" or "shocking", the ANC has predictably followed the tradition established by Mamoepa.

No, not every death is shocking. Natural deaths or criminals dying in a police shootout etc are not shocking; but children killed by adults or even children killing other children would be shocking indeed. ANC, please improve your messages announcing, especially the passing on of your comrades. The current ones are like reciting the ingredients for a stale recipe each time one cooks.

Prof Themba Sono, email

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