Shamba died after mauling the owner of a private game reserve in Limpopo over the weekend.
Final preparations are underway for the Twitter memorial service in honour of “fallen comrade” Shamba the lion, with Twitter drawing up a programme for the service that includes Pearl Thusi, Julius Malema, Cassper Nyovest and Mzwakhe Mbuli.
Although the owner of the Marakele Animal Sanctuary, Mike Hodge, sustained injuries to his neck and jaw and is currently recovering in hospital after the attack, it was the lion’s death that dominated chatter on the Twitter streets this week.
As the news broke of Shamba’s death, devastated mourners fueled their pain behind the hashtag #RipShamba. But, no, that wasn’t enough.
The masses then organised a mock memorial service with people chipping in to make suggestions of who should address the nation at the service.
The highlights obviously include:
— Cerebral Assasin (@Malcolm_BV) May 2, 2018
— Justice Tshenolo Kwenaite (@tradekingjustic) May 3, 2018
What a true comrade. Long live the spirit of shamba pic.twitter.com/tY5JYi9726
— Mshiniwami👣 (@NkosanaMth3thwa) May 3, 2018
— It Don't Matter Who (@Not_Mo_Tweeting) May 3, 2018
— SBU HOPE TSHABALALA (@RealSbu_Genge) May 2, 2018
Go well Shamba
Go well Sha Aha
Go well Mufasa
Go well Cassper Nyoshamba#RIPShamba
— Mohlamme (@RealManiac_SA) May 2, 2018
But there was also requests for Msholozi and DJ Tira to be there…oh and that Rasta who always paints at the memorials.
Where is ubaba to sing Thina Sizwe sikhalela umhlaba uShamba wethu owabulawa ngabelungu #ripShamba please fix it. Try to fit him in the programme @tumisole @mbali_ndlela @SABCNewsOnline #Zuma has to sing. Thina sikhalela… Please pic.twitter.com/g2vOMwNj9Y
— lancelot mthobisi (@lmmfuphi) May 3, 2018
— Makhema Ofhani (@khemipress) May 4, 2018
— LaurenAaliyahKolia 💙🇵🇸 🇿🇦 (@kolia786) May 3, 2018
And it looks like the tombstone is sorted too!
I have already asked the best tombstone making guys in the country @BataungMemorial to make this tombstone for the fallen son of the soil. It took the tombstone to realise that he is really gone.#RIPShamba #ShambaMemorial #Shamba 😢😢😢#SenzeniNa pic.twitter.com/x4pmkkPSaX
— FreePalestine 🇵🇸🇵🇸 (@mxolisidoctor) May 3, 2018
Source: Times Live