Dube’s fu­neral a mil­i­tary hon­our not a state fu­neral - Lieu­tenant

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De­spite pos­sess­ing fea­tures of a state fu­neral, Brigadier Fonono’s fu­neral, was not a state fu­neral but a mil­i­tary hon­ours fu­neral, says Lieu­tenant Len­ford Dlamini.

No­tably, there is a thin line be­tween a state fu­neral and mil­i­tary hon­our fu­neral such that it is easy for one to mis­take one for the other.

The ques­tions on the sta­tus of the type of fu­neral Dube was ac­corded came about from mourn­ers who noted that he was given a more elab­o­rate fu­neral than two for­mer prime min­is­ters, namely Obed and Sotja Dlamini who died re­cently. The two’s fu­ner­als, ac­cord­ing to a mourner who at­tended them, were a lowly event to that which was ac­corded to Dube.

A state fu­neral can be de­fined as a cer­e­mo­nial fu­neral of a head of state or other very im­por­tant per­son in a coun­try which is char­ac­terised by the ob­serv­ing of strict pro­to­cols of­ten in­cor­po­rat­ing mil­i­tary hon­ours as per the Ox­ford Dic­tionary.

On the other hand, mil­i­tary hon- our is one that is given by a coun­try’s mil­i­tary for a sol­dier, sailor, marine or air­man who died in a bat­tle, a vet­eran, or other prom­i­nent mil­i­tary fig­ures. It may also in­cor­po­rate guard of hon­our coun­try flag and drum­mies and fir­ing of vol­ley shots as a salute as well more than two mem­bers of the armed forces.

Dlamini clar­i­fied that Dube’s fu­neral was not a state fu­neral but a mil­i­tary hon­our, which is the sec­ond one in the coun­try since the first of its kind was the one of Prince Maphevu which was al­most four decades ago, in 1979. He said the burial ground where Dube was laid to rest was where out­stand­ing he­roes were buried as well as high rank­ing army gen­er­als.

“This is his­tory in the mak­ing as Dube is the sec­ond Ma­jor Gen­eral to be hon­oured as per his rank of a Brigadier Gen­eral, even though he had re­tired he still used his ti­tle as we re­ferred to him ac­cord­ingly and de­served such a fu­neral,” said Dlamini.

USDF mem­bers pay­ing their last re­spects to the late Brigadier Fonono Dube.

Bishop Sam­son Hlatshwako who rep­re­sented Their Majesties ad­dress­ing the mourn­ers at the grave­yard.

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