Special official funeral for King of BaPedi

SOUTH Africa has given a special final honour to a traditional leader who succumbed to COVID-19.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that King Victor Thulare III of the BaPedi Kingdom will be honoured with a special official funeral, an honour reserved to individuals who have made an immeasurable contribution to the nation.

King Thulare III is to be buried on January 17 in Sekhukhuneland, in the Limpopo Province.

King Thulare III passed away on Wednesday at the age of 40.  He was the son of the late King Rhyne Thulare and was officially recognised by President Ramaphosa as King of the BaPedi in 2020. 

Ramaphosa has authorised that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in South Africa until the evening of the day of the funeral.

“The late King is lauded for having played a major role in sowing the seeds of unity in the BaPedi Kingdom,” Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement.

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Ramaphosa’s office said the Special Official funeral was declared in condition of compliance with regulation 11B, Sub-regulation 8 of COVID-19 Lockdown Regulations of 25 March 2020.

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