South Africans continue to pay tribute to Mandla Maseko, after he died in a bike accident on Saturday, with many commenting that he had inspired them by beating the odds.
Maseko, popularly known as “Spaceboy”, beat more than a million people to win a sub-orbital trip that would have seen him become the first black African in space through the Axe Apollo Space Academy.
Since the announcement of his death by a family spokesperson at the weekend, social media has been filled with tributes for Maseko.
Tears are words we can’t say #RIPMandlaMaseko34:14 AM – Jul 8, 2019See Avalanche Laundry’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacy
#RIPMandlaMaseko Didn’t know the guy, but he was going to do great things for this proud land of Africa. One more beacon of light is gone. We salute you483:05 AM – Jul 8, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Vezuchiy Fanashnikov’s other Tweets
Tragedy, im angry at life itself. A boy from Soshanguve selected from millions of people to join a crue of 23 people to go to space !!life is not fair #RIPMandlaMaseko1410:30 PM – Jul 7, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee siboniso mzileni’s other TweetsView image on Twitter
Rest in peace mandla, highschool buddy,, our high school crush ,,sabrina,,gone too soon maan, you made a impact here on earth,, see how we are celebrating your life #RIPMandlaMaseko1910:22 PM – Jul 7, 2019See Phummy Shalvah’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacy
A testimony that our dreams are valid regardless of how far fetched they seem. #RIPMandlaMaseko #RIPAfronaut you’re now in #PlanetHeaven, your final destination.1410:03 PM – Jul 7, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Thula Thula’s other TweetsView image on Twitter
One of a few selected to go to space where we grew up. Didn’t live long enough to achieve his dream. You inspired some of us. #ripmandlamaseko 8:20 PM – Jul 7, 2019