When Joe Mafela’s headstone was unveiled on Wednesday, social media lit up with comments on the lavish way the actor was being celebrated.
The flashy tombstone which looks expensive turned out to be as expensive as speculated. Apparently, the Mafelas forked out loads of cash to ensure a befitting resting place for the TV veteran who dedicated his life to entertaining others.
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Accordingly, Mafela’s tombstone comes with a couch, a coffee table and a plasma TV on a flashy TV stand among other items. In other words, it is a replica of a living room.
The elaborate tombstone was created by Bataung Memorials.
“We yet again today, were granted the opportunity to create a master piece for the late Joseph Dau Mafela. Rest In Peace Sdumo,” the company wrote on their Facebook page.
The company told TimesLive that the family is very happy with the concept used in making the tombstone.
“The family approached us to come up with a stone that adequately represented the actor’s life and we decided on the design. We wanted to reflect how Joe entered many of our living rooms and kept us entertained through his shows. The family was extremely happy with the design and our team worked hard to make it in just three days,” Lebohang said.
And though both the company and the family refused to reveal the exact cost of the masterpiece, they confirmed that Joe Mafela’s headstone which was constructed which marbles cost hundreds of thousands of rand. The cost is placed well over R100,000 but less than R300,000.
“It wasn’t about the money, it was about giving Joe a fitting farewell and paying proper tribute to him. He was such an important part of people’s lives, and we really loved the idea of having him immortalised like this. Joe loved nothing more than to come home at the end of the day and just sit on the couch and watch TV,” Mafela family spokesperson Millicent ‘Milly’ Mulelu said.
After all said and done, it was a befitting final farewell for the legendary actor.