Mzansi reacts to Rasta’s paint

Photo: @RastaArtist/Twitter

Mzansi reacts to Rasta’s painting of Jackson Mthembu

Celebrity painter Lebani Sirenje, otherwise known as Rasta, has had a go at painting the late minister Jackson Mthembu.

Mzansi reacts to Rasta’s paint

Photo: @RastaArtist/Twitter

Celebrity painter, Rasta, recently shared his painting of the late minister Jackson Mthembu.

Mthembu recently passed away due to COVID-19 implications as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The president took to Twitter to share the news, saying:

“It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss.”

Now Rasta, who has made a name for himself by painting late celebrities and public figures, proceeded to share his take on Mthembu. It seems Rasta is often called to sketch a portrait of famous politicians and upstanding citizens. However, till this day, it remains unknown if Rasta’s failure to accurately depict people is for comedic relief or lack of skill.

It also looks like Twitter users are in an agreement saying that Rasta is not improving at all. This comes after Rasta received his fair share of negative comments about his work. When he began painting the late Zimbabwean jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi, Twitter users were not happy, saying that he shouldn’t even bother.

Others mean Mzansi should “just give him a chance… just a couple of years. He is getting better.” Meanwhile, others believe Rasta got confused between Mthembu and Steve Harvey.

“Take away all painting equipment from Rasta, but do not harm him,” said another.

Some are asking Rasta directly if he is sure “the family gave him the correct photo?”


Over the years, Rasta has painted Hugh Masekela, HHP, Winnie Mandela, Joe Mafela, Prokid, Beyonce, Jay-Z, President Cyril Ramaphosa and many more.

In an interview with TimesLive, he said that he has been drawing for a long time:

“I have been drawing for a long time, since my high school days and it’s my passion something that I live for. What people don’t understand is that painting is a process and it’s not a fast process. There’s a lot of steps that must be taken from the first sketch to the final product.

The problem now is that the minute I sit down, someone takes a picture of my incomplete work and says to Twitter, ‘Look at Rasta’s painting!’ but at that stage the picture is not done, so it doesn’t look great because it isn’t done. But Twitter doesn’t care, they go ahead and judge anyway,” Rasta said.