According to jazz legend Thandi Klaasen’s family, they can afford to give the star a befitting funeral without relying on anybody’s support.
Though they have been getting support from individuals and organizations, the family shut down rumors that they would need government monetary assistance to bury the star. Klaasen’s granddaughter Nandipha Ndhlovu said her grandmother had enough money in the bank to foot the bills.
Klaasen’s granddaughter Nandipha Ndhlovu said her grandmother had enough money in the bank to foot the bills.
“Monetary wise we will basically come through and my grandmother was part of many organizations, so we have been having so much support.”
Meanwhile, Minister for Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina paid a visit to the family home to help with the logistics of the funeral.
Speaking to journalists outside Klaasen’s home, Mthethwa said his department will join forces with the family to ensure the star gets a befitting farewell.
“Today it’s not about speeches but about paying respect to the legend. She lived her life to the fullest. We are fortunate that we lived with her and watched her talent flourish.”
Later this month, Klaasen will get a civic funeral, which means that all expenses for her funeral will be taken care of by Ekurhuleni municipality.
Th legend will be laid to rest among political stalwarts like Oliver and Adelaide Tambo on January 27 at Tamboville Cemetery in Wattville, Ekurhuleni.
The essence of a civic funeral is to honor high-profile personalities who have made a remarkable contribution to the growth of the City. So far, we have heard tributes about how much Klaasen used her music to change the lives of many.
As tributes continue to pour in since after her death on Sunday, Klaasen’s family remains grateful for all the love showered on her even in death.