- A man rodeo-style rode the coffin of the deceased at a funeral of an alleged gangster from the Free State
- A video of the incident was shared on social media
- Mzansi reacted and many users felt it was disrespectful
South Africans were dismayed after footage of a man riding the coffin at a funeral was shared on social media. Their reactions varied; some found the incident laughable while others felt it was deeply disrespectful.
The incident occurred at the funeral of a Free State 'gangster'. A cultural expert, Mtimande Ngwenya, claimed that deaths after funerals were likely the result of ancestors retaliating to the unbecoming practice.
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Nevertheless, one Facebook user, Lisa Jambase, explained that it was a common tradition among gangsters to honour their deceased in agreed-upon ways. She also shared a similar story about another gangster, Briefly.co.za found.
“At one funeral of a gangster, the remaining gangsters gathered around the coffin before it was lowered and urinated on it. Apparently that was their agreement, every gangster knows what's going to be done at his funeral by his remaining gangsters.”
Another user, Dineo Thèé Gal Dinny, expressed his concern that the standard of accepted behaviour is slipping.
“Usually when a gangster dies, it is said to be ‘okay’ to hear gunshots at the funeral, for cars to pin or whatever is related to the gangsters type of life he lead. Now since we’re talking about the free state, well...the ‘ride the coffin like a horse’ is ok”.
Mosola Pius Mosola, added that riding the coffin at a funeral is extreme, even by gangsters' standards.
He wrote, “This is the old practice by "Ma-Russia", they used to shoot in the air and challenge each other to sick fighting until someone bleeds as a way of paying homage to their departed one, but they never rode a coffin.”
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