Official funerals for Meyiwa, Mulaudzi – Zuma

2014-10-31 11:55

Slain Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa and Olympic medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi will receive official provincial funerals, says President Jacob Zuma.

“The two sports stars have represented the nation exceptionally well in national and international sporting engagements, generating immense national pride and unity,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

Zuma ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo tomorrow, the day of the two funerals.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe would give a eulogy at Meyiwa’s funeral and Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane would deliver one at Mulaudzi’s funeral. He would be accompanied by Gauteng premier David Makhura.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa said yesterday it would provide free transport to those attending the funerals and burials of Meyiwa, Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase, who died on Saturday after being in coma for two weeks following a bout.

Ten buses and two trains were made available for Orlando Pirates fans to travel to KwaZulu-Natal from Gauteng to attend Meyiwa’s funeral.

In KwaZulu-Natal, fans could travel by train to Moses Mabhida Stadium.

For Mulaudzi’s funeral, 10 buses would transport mourners from the Braamfontein Recreational Centre in Joburg, Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria and Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Four buses were set aside for mourners attending Mwelase’s funeral in Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

Two would depart from the Nasrec Boxing Arena in Joburg, one from Alice Road in Durban, and another one from Watersmeet Village in Ladysmith, Mwelase’s hometown.

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