Only close family members will pay their last respects to media mogul Shona Ferguson at a private funeral on Wednesday.
In a statement, the family said only close relatives would be able to attend the funeral.
“Details of a memorial service will be communicated at a later stage once all the necessary arrangements have been finalised,” it read.
He will be buried in Johannesburg.
Ferguson (47) passed away on Friday at the Netcare Milpark Hospital from Covid-19-related complications. The Botswana-born actor’s death sent shock waves around the country and beyond, with tributes pouring in from media personalities, politicians and business leaders.
Ferguson’s business partner and wife, actress Connie Ferguson shared a moving tribute to her husband a day after his passing, which was their anniversary.
“This day, 20 years ago [July 31 2001], was the day God brought you into my life, and we haven’t looked back since! Ours is a once in a lifetime kind of love. We joked about how we were going to be in our old age. How we would take turns supporting each other and being strong for each other. The irony is, we have already been doing that for the past 20 years!” she wrote on Instagram.
“Oh how God has loved me to give me YOU! We were already planning our 20th wedding anniversary in November, assuming that we had time! You and I were joined at the hip, now I feel completely off balance, incomplete, without my other half! My soul mate.”
Connie and Shona shared two children, one from her previous marriage. In a moving tribute to her dad, Alicia Ferguson wrote: “Words cannot express how I’m feeling right now. My worst fear became a reality. You fought your fight dad, and I’m so proud of you for making it this far.”
She added that she would carry on her father’s legacy.
“You’ve not only touched our lives as your family, but you’ve touched many others as well. You’ve left a legacy that I will carry on, as I did make this promise when I was little to you. Thank you for everything that you’ve done for me my doppelgänger. You made a promise to me that you’ll always be there when I need you, so I believe you will always be there even in spirit.
“I’m going to miss being your personal photographer. I’m going to miss tickling your feet and you shouting at me for it. I’m going to miss smelling your perfume around the house. I’m going to miss a lot of things, but most importantly, your hugs. You gave the best hugs on this earth Fa, and I cherish each hug you’ve given me.”