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Thandi Klaasen did not die a pauper - family

Picture credit: WATSON MCOTELI
Picture credit: WATSON MCOTELI

The family of jazz musician Thandi Klaasen say they can afford to give the musician a decent funeral.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, the family shot down rumours that they would need government monetary assistance to bury the star. Klaasen's granddaughter Nandipha Ndhlovu said her grandmother had enough money in the bank to be buried by her family.

"Monetary wise we will basically come through and my grandmother was part of many organisations, so we have been having so much support."

The family said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina's visit to the family home was to help with the logistics of the funeral.

Klaasen will be buried on January 27 at Tamboville Cemetery in Wattville, Ekurhuleni, where political stalwarts Oliver and Adelaide Tambo are buried.

Klaasen will get a civic funeral, which means her funeral will be arranged and funded by the Ekurhuleni municipality.

Civic funeral is done to honour prominent people who have made an invaluable contribution to the upliftment of the City.

Klaasen's daughter Lorraine Klaasen said she was happy her mother was loved while she was still alive and even in death.

"I'm happy that my mom's friends are here, and they were together while she was still alive.

"I am happy that they have been supporting each other and respecting their craft."

Addressing journalists outside Klaasen's home, Mthethwa said the department would work closely with the family to give the star a decent send-off.

"Today it's not about speeches but about paying respect to the legend. She lived her life to the fullest. We are fortunate that we lived with her and watched her talent flourish."

Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in following Klaasen's death on Sunday.

Fellow musician Dorothy Masuka was set to go to Nigeria to perform but postponed her trip due to the death. She said she would travel after the funeral.

Masuka said Klaasen was more than a colleague and regarded her as a sister. "Thandi was a funny person. We will miss her humorous side." - Additional reporting by Mothusi Masemola

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