- South Africans are spending more and more on funerals
- Funerals have become a show-off event for many
- Cultural experts say that there is no need to spend too much on burials
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The people of South Africa seem to have a tendency to spend more on the dead than on people who are alive. Funerals have now become a show-off event for many. A burial that should cost no more than R20 000 can end up costing up to R300 000.
Speaking to the Daily Sun, Funeral Industry Reformed Association spokesman Johan Rousseau said:
“If a neighbour had this and that, the other neighbour wants to beat that. It’s insane. People need to be educated.”
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He went on to say that paying R20 000 for a casket is daylight robbery. Cultural expert Mtimande Ngwenya agreed, saying that there’s no need to spend a lot on a funeral.
“The funeral is about the dead person’s dignified send-off. There’s no need for fancy food and cars and hearses. People need to go back to their roots where a person dies and the mourners and the family get together the next day to bury the family member."
A funeral parlour owner said that he does't blame families for wanting lavish funerals for their loved ones, especially if they can afford it.
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Briefly.co.za previously reported on Kings and Queens Funeral Services in South Africa. The parlour was recently tied up in the Pastor Lukau resurrection scandal and vowed to take legal action against the pastor for dragging its name in the outrageous incident.
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