- President Cyril Ramaphosa has heeded the calls for an official funeral for Joseph Shabalala
- In a statement released on Monday morning, the president declared a Special Official Funeral Category 2
- Ramaphosa expressed his sympathy over the passing of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 2 to honour the late Joseph Shabalala.
Briefly.co.za reported that numerous citizens felt an official funeral was the correct way to honour the founder of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo group.
In a statement released on the situation, Ramaphosa announced the funeral would take place on Saturday:
"The Special Official Funeral Category 2 entails ceremonial elements provided by the South African Police Service. The funeral will take place on Saturday, 22 February 2020. President Ramaphosa has ordered that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country until the evening of 22 February 2020. Regulations require that no other flags should be displayed when the National Flag is flown at half-mast."
Ramaphosa reiterated his sympathy for the beloved musician's family, continuing to say:
"President Ramaphosa has reiterated his sincerest condolences to the Shabalala family, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and members of the arts and culture fraternities in South Africa and globally with whom Ladysmith Black Mambazo has collaborated for the better part of six decades."
The president briefly touched on one of the most prestigious award given to the group:
"In 2008, this world-renowned and widely awarded choral group received the National Order of Ikhamanga for putting South African cultural life on the world map through contributing to the field of South African indigenous music."
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