Brenda's funeral postponed
May 13, 2004
JOHANNESBURG — Late pop diva Brenda Fassie's funeral scheduled for Sunday has
been postponed by a week, the organisers said on Wednesday.
Brenda seen here greeting President Thabo Mbeki, watched by sports minister Nkono Belfour at the testmatch between New Zealand and South Africa in August 1999. |
Photo - AFP
Fassie's manager Peter Snyman said this was done to enable
members of the 2010 World Cup Soccer bid, including President Thabo
Mbeki, to attend the event.
The local singer, who died in Johannesburg at the weekend, would
now be laid to rest in Langa township in Cape Town on May 23.
"A number of ministers who are part of the soccer bid delegation
to Zurich have indicated they want to attend the funeral and
requested the postponement," Snyman told Sapa.
"The family agreed and also felt the function was too big to
organise over a week. We do not want to make this funeral a Mickey
Mouse affair so we felt the extra days will give us enough time to
make proper arrangements."
Snyman said there has been no changes to the memorial service to
take place at the Grace Bible church in Pimville, Soweto at noon on
A prayer service, which was to take place in Langa on Thursday,
had been postponed to some time next week.
Meanwhile it was reported on Wednesday, a working committee
co-ordinating the singer's funeral arrangements had not decided
whether to embalm or cremate her.
Fassie died after being admitted at Sunninghill hospital where
she spent two weeks in coma following an asthma attack.
On Friday, Mbeki is to make a final presentation of the 2010
Soccer World Cup bid to the Federation of International Football
Association executive in Zurich. – Sapa
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