The presidency has made public the State, Official and Provincial Funeral Policy Manual, which determines and defines the categories as well as the manner and management of state-funded funerals in South Africa.
The manual, released yesterday, describes different categories of funerals commensurate with the status of the deceased figures and also identifies key role players, structures and processes, “with the emphasis on freedom and democracy as well as high levels of community participation”.
It designates the following categories of funerals: State Funeral; Official Funeral; Special Official Funeral; Provincial Official Funeral, and Special Provincial Official Funeral. There are three main types in the funeral policy, namely the State Funeral, Official Funeral and Provincial Official Funeral.
The Category 1 State Funeral is reserved for the president, the president-elect and former presidents. The Category 2 State Funeral is for the deputy president, the acting president and former or deputy presidents.
Meanwhile, Category 1 Official Funerals are for serving ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), premiers of provinces, and “distinguished persons specifically designated by the president”.
Category 2 Official Funerals are for the spouse of a serving president, the spouse of a serving deputy president, deputy ministers, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, permanent deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and the president of the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Provincial official funerals are reserved for the speaker and deputy speaker of the legislature and members of the executive committee. “Distinguished persons can also be granted a special Provincial Official Funeral category. The premier of a province sends a request to the president for consideration if they feel a resident deserves such recognition,” said the presidency.