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