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Dad, friends slam ‘insensitive’ Doves tweet

2018-08-12 09:16
Sbahle Mpisane (Photo: Instagram/Sbahle Mpisane)

Johannesburg - The family of critically injured TV personality and fitness guru Sbahle Mpisane believe that it was “opportunistic” of Doves Funerals to tweet about their daughter.

The funeral parlour sent a controversial tweet on Friday, the day after Mpisane (25) was involved in a horror car accident in Durban.

Her father, Sbu, told City Press on Saturday that he had heard about the tweet, but added that the family’s “focus is directed at Sbahle right now”.

“It was an opportunistic tweet and it is insensitive that they pounced [on Sbahle’s accident],” he said.

“There is not much we can say or do now. We are focusing on Sbahle. Maybe at a later stage we will look into it and see what is going to happen,” he said.

In its tweet, Doves Funerals stated: “Our prayers and thoughts go out to TV personality and fitness guru Sbahle Mpisane and her family, may you be strong through this trying time. #SbahleMpisane.”

The funeral parlour also posted a card with its branding and a picture of Mpisane, stating: “We are praying for you Sbahle Mpisane.”

After receiving a backlash from Mpisane’s fans and friends, the funeral parlour deleted the tweet.

Attempts were made to contact Doves about the incident, but an employee said it would only be possible to get a comment during the week.

Doves later tweeted a statement.

Mpisane was involved in a horrific accident on Margaret Mncadi Avenue in Durban at about 04:00 on Thursday. Her BMW reportedly veered off the road and hit a lamp post and a tree, before overturning and bursting into flames. Paramedics rushed her to Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.

Well wishes have been pouring in for her, including from her boyfriend, Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Sbu said his daughter had undergone surgery on Friday, and doctors had delivered “positive” news that the operation had gone well.

“She is now critical but stable. We remain positive. The operation went well. She had multiple fractures all over her body and face. But doctors are happy.”

Sbu said the family thanked God she survived.

“She should not have survived. It’s God the Almighty that made her survive, not any human being.”