Riky Rick was laid to rest yesterday, with the whole country watching a livestream of his funeral service. But now that the dust has settled, fans feel conflicted on whether it was a good idea for his family to be as open and honest as they were in their eulogies of him.
His friends and family were present, and they gave moving tributes to honour the magnificent person that he was, and to thank him for being a light in their lives to the very end. While his mother and wife gave beautiful speeches which moved Mzansi to tears, it was his step-father’s speech that got people talking on social media.
Riky’s stepfather, Kumi Naidoo, spoke up about what an honour it was for him to be Riky’s father. He is grateful that the rapper allowed him to play that role in his life after his biological father died some years back. He also revealed that Riky struggled with addiction.
“Thank you for sharing your anger and your heartbreak at the injustice and corruption in the country during our last conversation; I wish it did not drive you to such sadness and such depression. Thank you for the courage in dealing with your addictions in a mature, honest and public way, so that others who face similar problems could benefit and learn; and to say that addiction is not a crime, it’s an illness,” he said.
It seems that many of the rapper’s fans were not aware of his struggle with addiction, as it has sparked a debate online. Controversial poet, Ntsiki Mazwai, went on Twitter to thank the family for being open about his struggle with addiction, so that others would know that they were not alone.
I am thankful that Ricky's family was open about his never ending drug recovery process….. When are we having the cocaine conversation?
We just out here watching people die….
— ✨KUMKANIKAZI✨ (@ntsikimazwai) March 2, 2022
The honesty from the family was everything. I believe that's what's needed for the healing process. Honest conversations even during death. Manje thina sithi never talk ill about the dead, then the cycle continues
— masesi (@masesifire) March 2, 2022
But some fans felt like the family did not need to talk about that. As one said, addiction is not something to be proud of, therefore the family should have kept it hidden. They think it is even worse because it was cocaine, and some feel like giving the topic more airtime is only convincing more youth who looked up to Riky, to start using cocaine to be “more like him”.
There's nothing cool about drugs pic.twitter.com/gsGliSm7jo
— Letlotlo Rams (@DaCrazeOne) March 2, 2022
I see the trend. Suddenly there's been a spark of people killing themselves and some looking tweeting about it as if its the only solution when things aren't looking up.
— Trolle R Johnson (@r_trolle) March 2, 2022
Are you sure you wanna tackle that conversation? It doesn’t only involve the users but also people dealing ( foreigners) a subject that is a thorn to your soul🤣#PutSouthAficansFirst Ntsiki is ready to engage us 🤣
— Dabs wakho (@langalihl) March 2, 2022
Peepo still think its a cool drug…because of the social strata that is targeted by it and benefit off it
— zenaida martin (@ZEN_AIDA) March 2, 2022
However, think about it. It would have been disingenuous for the family to try to hide it. Riky himself spoke about struggling with drug addiction a few years back, and even said he has been to rehab. And he lived his life openly, sharing even his broken parts with the public so everyone could rally together and be kinder to each other. – ZAlebs