The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe today got social media talking after their condolence advert went viral.
The words ‘Makorokoto, Amhlophe, Congratulations‘ were printed on an advertisement by the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe offering condolences to the late National Hero, Major General Godfrey Chanakira who passed away on the 27th of May.
The rather weird congratulatory phrases after the condolence message caught many people’s attention as many questioned how they could congratulate him when he is dead.
Here are some of the reactions;
We need to get our spiritual eyes opened. The promise to enter Heaven at death is an occasion for a congratulatory message. I wish we could view death from this angle. Our fears it will be banished forever. From this point there is no error in the messaging.
A whole “Makorokoto” then “Amhlope” then finally “Congratulations” then you say it’s a mistake
A genuine national hero died. Instead of honoring him by stopping to loot public funds, parastatal stampede each other to use public funds posting useless adverts. To show you how INCOMPETENT they are, they congratulate the hero for his death! The regime is the most INCOMPETENT
God will punish them,hw can they congratulate death ummmm none mourning. Lack of kn….. ikushaika
This is outrageous just to say the least.
Even the “Amhlophe” is spelt wrongly. Undermining the meaning of the word and those of its tribe (as usual). useless, evil and rubbish regime!
The Herald who put out the advert later came out to issue an apology hours later after the advert had made rounds on social media.
The Herald would like to unreservedly apologise to the family of Maj Gen (Rtd) Chanakira, the Zimbabwe National Army & TSCZ for the error made on an advertisement by Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe offering condolences to the late National Hero, Maj-Gen Godfrey Chanakira which appeared in The Herald today. In signing off the advert, an error was made in which Makorokoto, Amhlophe, Congratulations was printed on the condolence message. This is regrettable,” reads the apology.
Permanent Secretary for Information Nick Mangwana slammed the publication for making such a grievous mistake and delaying to issue an apology in due time.
Mistakes happen, but this was a very bad one. One would have expected such an apology to have been issued the moment people became aware of their error, which is hours ago, Nick Mangwana’s tweet reads.