Gauteng to cap funeral costs

2012-04-03 12:32

Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) is to cap the costs associated with official funerals, it said on Tuesday.

"GPG has taken a decision to put a limit on the funding of such funerals," spokesperson Matlakala Motloung said in a statement.

"As such, the province is finalising its own policy around official funerals so that there is a cap placed on the amounts spent."

It was report earlier this week that two official funerals - for Henry Mokgothi in April last year and Bertha Gxowa in October 2010 - cost the Gauteng government R5.9m.

Motloung said there were several categories of funerals, depending on a person's stature and contribution to society.

"As these are exceptional citizens, the funerals often attract many people from beyond the borders of Gauteng and indeed South Africa, sometimes necessitating big venues accommodating up to 10 000 mourners."

She said that in the past the provincial government had been guided by the state, official and provincial official funeral policy manual.

"As the general cost of living has been escalating in recent years, the GPG has taken a decision to put a limit on the funding of such funerals."

Motloung said the province anticipated the finalisation of the policy during this financial year.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-03 12:37

    Hospitals cant pay their bills, the schools are dysfunctional, the potholes are growing and we splash out on funerals for connected cadres. FFS, when will it end?

      Rinus Claassen - 2012-04-03 12:51

      what waste of peoples money

      Foc - 2012-04-03 12:58

      IF the deceased is so important, surely the invited guests are of similar 'status' and in MY book should pay for themselves.... This is a case of politicians BUYING the 'importance' of the deceased. It will be interesting to see WHO actually will attend if they have to fund it themselves ... a true test of real friendship; importance and popularity... The sad thing is that the deceased do not even know who attended and what has been said .....

      Sean - 2012-04-03 14:40

      This is so Africa !!!! A mentality that a ``normal`` person can not understand !!

      Anthony - 2012-04-03 14:48

      for heavans sake---i have to pay for my funeral --why cant these wankers pay for their own funeral

  • Peter - 2012-04-03 12:39

    This is ridiculous, you had to wait for DA to expose you on your policies. The economic condition have been unstable for long and you only realise it now. LET DA RUN THE COUNTRY, period!!!

  • lindivr - 2012-04-03 12:50

    It's not costing the Gauteng Government R5.9 million, it's costing the TAXPAYERS R5.9 million! Aren't education and housing more important than a funeral for 10 000 mourners?

  • Sharon - 2012-04-03 12:50

    Hmph - What will they cap it at? R4m per funeral? mayhap the money spent on these 2 weren't enough! Excuse me for being cynical, but just look at the track-record.

  • Bob - 2012-04-03 12:53

    Have they never heard if funeral cover.....or is that not good enough for them!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-03 12:53

    If the story hadnt been public knowlege then the "capping would not have happend. If these people who died were "real" struggle heros-wouldnt they want the money to be spent in uplifing the country????? Garbage!!!

  • odupreez - 2012-04-03 12:56

    Why not take out a Funeral Insurance policy like the rest of us unexecptional persons, who actually pay your salaries and now your funerals. I am sure you can convince Doves or Avbob to create a super duper deluxe package for exceptional persons and one for ultra exceptional persons, who the hell do you guys think you are, I am sure the Anton Ruperts and such like will cover their own funerals.

  • swavka - 2012-04-03 12:57

    Let these people (who i have never heard of before) pay for their own frigging funerals. Will someone please do us all a favour and print the "Minister Manual" "Government Manual" "Funeral manual' and whatever other frigging manual they have out there. Then we can all see how these people are overstepping their mark. Obviously a funeral is just another excuse for a party - forgetting of course that one time, you know that one time he/she jumped over the moon

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 13:00

    Henry Mokgothi may have exemplary ANC struggle credentials but he only served in an official government capacity for about two years just after advent of democracy as far as I know. Bertha Gxowa at least spent numerous years in government. What I want to know is does the government pay for the funerals of everyone in parliament/local government, even those who were previously in parliament/local government for a short period of time? Does this extend to the ACDP, DA, FF+ members or only for ANC cadres? The mind boggles.

      Anthony - 2012-04-03 14:56

      it sure does marion --spot on

  • moagima - 2012-04-03 13:06

    WTF!!!and they failing to reconstruct and rebuild Pta and Joburg inner cities...This is ridiculous!!!

  • moagima - 2012-04-03 13:07

    Why must we bury them?

      Marion - 2012-04-03 14:46

      They didn't have funeral policies :-)))

  • Steve - 2012-04-03 14:05

    Rather like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. Such very clever people.

      Shirley - 2012-04-03 14:25

      Always1! They wait and see if there is any public knowledge of their "activities" and if none its buisiness as usual. If its attracted attention then everyone runs aroumd with an eye dropper putting out fires!

  • Mike - 2012-04-03 14:35

    Somebody needs to check to see what companies got paid here. Smart money says it was family of some official

  • Renier - 2012-04-03 17:30

    Take away the eats - and see how many mourners pitch up! 6 million for 2 funerals simply does not make sense. 75 houses could have been build.

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