Shock as pupil arrives for matric dance in coffin

2014-12-05 00:00

TO the shock of his classmates, a Woodlands Secondary School pupil made a goulish entrance to his matric dance, arriving in a closed coffin.

The bakkie that brought 18-year-old Kashvir Suresh to the Golden Horse Casino on Wednesday night, was a Ford Cortina with the registration ­DEADMAN - ZN. In imitation of ­pallbearers, his friends and family ­carried the coffin out of the vehicle to the entrance of the venue.

Suresh is a big fan of WWE wrestler the Undertaker, who was recently ­rumoured to be ill.

Suresh said preparations for the dance started just before he began his final examinations.

“I asked my dad if I could use his van with the registration DEADMAN - ZN, which is another name for the ­Undertaker, and thought why not just go in a coffin as well,” he said.

Suresh said he was very excited about making his entrance this way and thought it was “different”.

“I didn’t think it was weird at all. My friends just questioned me and it turned a lot of heads but I thought it was a good idea,” he said.

He was transported in a brand-new coffin and said he had a “comfortable” journey. “I was not afraid to go into the coffin. The inside was cushioned but it did get a little hot.”

Suresh said their entourage was stopped by the acting principal, ­Dharma Moodley, who refused to let the coffin into the hall.

“We were told it was inappropriate to expose other school students to this and I understand some people wouldn’t be happy with this,” he said.

His father, Anil, said he was instrumental in making his son’s matric dance turn heads.

“I got the van done up with ­Undertaker stickers and called my friend who owns a funeral parlour to lend us a coffin,” he said.

He said he did not think it was odd and said it was part of the fun.

“A lot of the kids made grand entrances with their dad’s cars and limousines and my son used my vehicle,” he said.

Suresh’s mother, Devika, said she was not happy with the idea at first.

“It was his wish and he wanted to arrive like this so I had to make peace with it,” she said.

Principal Moodley refused to comment and said he was going to hand the matter over to the school ­governing body.

Suresh added it was the last time he would see his friends and said they all had fun.

•What are the most outrageous or weird matric dance entrances you have witnessed? E-mail rumana.akoob@witness.co.za

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