Govt wants state funeral for ex-premier

2012-02-20 17:32

Bloemfontein - The Free State government has applied for a state funeral for former premier Winkie Direko, provincial spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said on Monday.

Direko, 82, died of a stroke in Bloemfontein's Universitas Hospital on Friday after she complained of feeling sick the night before.

Mvambi said the premier's office had asked the presidency for an official burial for Direko.

A memorial service would be held for her at the Mangaung Indoor Sport Centre on Thursday at 14:00.

Mvambi said this was decided after a meeting with her family on Monday.

The funeral would be on Saturday.

  • Deon - 2012-02-20 17:38

    For what? STOP USING TAX PAYERS MONEY. They have stole enough, use that money because it will never be paid back again.

      Putin the " - 2012-02-20 17:46

      Yet you are happy about the voortreker monument!!

      Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 18:03

      Big difference between the two Putin.

      Kai - 2012-02-20 18:06

      They do seem to be giving out state funerals like flyers at the robots.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 18:33

      @Sinudeity, are these comments reconcialtory in nature, I doubt.

      Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 18:54

      Whats reconcilatory about forking out state-cash for the funeral of an ANC bigwig? Let the ANC pay for her funeral.

  • Bangoma - 2012-02-20 18:09

    @Deon, you talking like a headless chicken, Winkie deserves State burial. There was one Apartheid Minister who was given a state burial in Kroonstad and no one complained. How much was stolen by Winkie and when. In answering your stupid question ( for what? ), Winkie was a Free State Premier who was not ashamed of been a leader of the Apartheid Province.

  • Victor - 2012-02-20 18:18

    Who the hell was he????

      Klaus - 2012-02-20 18:44

      Teacher, Home Economics, Sehunelo High School

      Anton - 2012-02-20 21:13


  • John - 2012-02-20 18:41

    Hier kom weer 'n moerse party...............

  • Thulani Mthombeni-Five Skhibhas Sparks - 2012-02-20 20:14

    I don't know ds person

  • sinabo.mnqonywa - 2012-02-20 21:07

    Give the lady the respect that she deserves please

  • Anton - 2012-02-20 21:12

    W.T.F...nog 'n party?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-21 08:52

    I always respected Me Direko and think she was one of the more credible politicians, (who as a collective are in my view mostly a bunch of no-good self-serving maaifoedies). So I can live with an official funeral for the same time I wonder what exactly is the meaning/implications of an official funeral? Anyone who can enlighten me?

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