Tombstone tycoon gives daughter Porsche for 18th birthday


Tombstone entrepreneur Lebohang Khitsane has emerged as the man featured in a widely shared video giving his daughter a Porsche for her 18th birthday.

ANC elections chief Fikile Mbalula shared the video in a tweet on Friday‚ stirring up a lively debate when he asked: “What do you think. Would you buy your child a Porsche for a birthday? Maybe for excelling getting distinctions?”

In the video a man is seen covering the eyes of a school pupil carrying a bouquet of red flowers as they walk past parked cars‚ watched by classmates. “I’m going to faint‚ wait‚ wait‚” she says just before he reveals a covered white Porsche with Gauteng registration plates.

“Happy birthday‚” he says and the two embrace‚ with the tearful daughter saying: “Thank you dad”.

Some claimed‚ incorrectly‚ on social media that the man was Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza. TimesLIVE has‚ however‚ independently confirmed that the man is Lebohang Khitsane‚ the founder and CEO of Bataung Memorial Tombstones – whose work in commemorating the dead has been recognised across the continent and featured on the BBC.

Khitsane declined to comment on the widely shared video clip‚ telling TimesLIVE that it was a private matter.