Youth urged to treat funerals with respect

Local resident, Sello Ali Tleane is not happy that young people show a lack of respect during burial services at the graveyards.

Member of Parliament for Tembisa, Sello Ali Tleane, says he was once again disappointed to witness strange and foreign behaviour displayed by some young people who seemed completely disinterested in the arduous task of filling a grave during the burial ceremony of MPL Mike Figo Madlala.

Madlala was laid to rest at Mooifontein Cemetery on September 24.

“They stood around in small groups, chatting away and watching older citizens shovelling soil into the grave. This is unacceptable and we appeal to our youth to review their conduct during funerals. We attend funerals for the express purpose of providing support and comfort to the grieving families and to help them bury their loved ones with dignity,” explains Tleane.

Tleane says they do not attend funerals for modelling purposes or to insult and embarrass the affected families.

“We call upon young people to treat funerals with respect, as it is our culture as Africans to do so. What is the use of attending a funeral if you are not going to provide any assistance?” asks Tleane.

He added communities must fight this bad practice and restore the honour that funerals deserve.

“Our integrity as Africans is gradually being eroded right before our eyes. We must act now to prevent the possibility of women having to join in the tough responsibility of closing the grave in the near future. It is therefore not surprising that we urge community organisations, including African National Congress (ANC) branches to educate communities about the need to promote Botho/Ubuntu and social cohesion. At a time when the media report about the possible existence of cannibalism in some parts of our country, we must act fast to arrest this deplorable situation,” says Tleane.

“No one else will do it for us.”

Malebo Tseke

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