Civic fu­neral for Thandi Klaasen

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DUR­ING his visit to pay his last re­spects to jazz leg­end Thandi Klaasen, Gaut­eng Pre­mier David Makhura an­nounced that Klaasen would be given a civic fu­neral.

This means that the City of Ekurhuleni will be giv­ing Klaasen a fu­neral that is re­garded as the high­est hon­our that can be be­stowed on a res­i­dent of the metro.

In his re­marks at the Klaasen fam­ily home in Eden Park, Al­ber­ton, yesterday, Makhura said: “MamThandi was a bright star and she de­serves to be hon­oured and to be given a dig­ni­fied send-off.”

Makhura pre­sented Klaasen’s fam­ily with a card of con­do­lences that was signed by poet Mzwakhe Mbuli, MEC of So­cial De­vel­op­ment Nandi May­athula-Khoza, as well as other mem­bers of man­age­ment and staff at the pre­mier’s of­fice.

May­athula-Khoza was also with the pre­mier at the home.

Klaasen died on Sun­day af­ter briefly bat­tling pan­cre­atic cancer. She was 86. She was best known for her role in the crit­i­cally acclaimed mu­si­cal King Kong.

Her daugh­ter Lor­raine ear­lier in the week said she would al­ways carry her mother’s lessons in hu­mil­ity.

“I will al­ways re­mem­ber my mother as a hum­ble per­son. She sang for prime min­is­ters, kings and queens, but she was ap­proach­able.

“She was lov­ing and kind and com­pas­sion­ate, and she for­gave ev­ery­one who has ever wronged her – that’s a les­son I took from her,” she said.

Klaasen was de­scribed by some of her peers who vis­ited her home ear­lier in the week as lov­ing, stylish and tal­ented.

Speak­ing out­side her home on Mon­day, renowned jazz vo­cal­ist Letta Mbulu said Klaasen was a per­former, a dancer and come­di­enne – all in one.

“I just feel so touched and grate­ful that I had time to spend with her. She is – I want to speak about her in the present – a true leg­end.

“We learnt so much, some of us, from the things she did. She was open minded and she taught us to be free with our thoughts. God gave her a gift, and she used it cor­rectly,” Mbulu said.

Her fu­neral will take place next week.

SAD DAY: Pre­mier David Makhura of­fers his con­do­lences to Lor­raine Klaasen yesterday.

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