Comedy of errors as six fall into grave during funeral

2015-02-03 00:00

FRIENDS whose toes were quietly tapping to the rhythm of an uptempo Afrikaans song found themselves crying and laughing as a comedy of errors ended with six people in the grave on a Free State farm this weekend.

A university friend of Tiaan Prinsloo (25) told sister paper Volksblad yesterday his friend had died in December.

For the funeral on the farm Mobile near Bethlehem this weekend, his circle of friends had decided to celebrate their favourite memories of Prinsloo’s life by playing his favourite song, Naweeklyfie.

The rather contentious music video by artists Jay and Liani May shows Jay led off to the gallows and hanged as Liani rides into town to shoot off the hangman’s rope before the pair ride out of town.

As the pallbearers approached the grave at Mobile this weekend, the lively, banjo-driven lyrics “do you want to take, take, take my hand, and lay me down on the sand” echoed over the farm.

The coffin was lowered as the Afrikaans chorus line sung “doesn’t matter what you look like, the thing shakes crazy until the roof caves in”, which was about when one of the wooden planks on the edge of the grave broke and the undertaker went under, recalled the friend.

The undertaker landed on the coffin and bruised his arm.

“Then the minister fell on top of the undertaker.

“He was quickly followed by four or five of the pallbearers.”

The friend said several of the mourners turned their faces away from the tangle of legs and groans from the grave, presumably to cry, as others helped the men out.

“We stopped the song then,” said the friend.

“We will miss him lots.”

Prinsloo’s grieving father, Chris Prinsloo, did not want to speak about the incident.

Deon Stander, the undertaker, confirmed he had hurt his elbow and knee, but also did not want to expand about the incident.

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