Funeral arrested

Screenshot via Twitter: Segopotso Gold @poponkie

Watch: Brazen mourner arrested after taunting police at packed funeral

Police are cracking down on those who deliberately flout the COVID-19 national lockdown regulations.

Funeral arrested

Screenshot via Twitter: Segopotso Gold @poponkie

Break the COVID-19 lockdown regulations at your own peril.

This is the message from the Gauteng police following the arrest of a 33-year-old woman after she appeared on a video clip daring police to “stand aside and leave them to bury the deceased”.

It is claimed that the woman took the video during a funeral that took place on Friday 17 July 2020 in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria. In the video, which was widely circulated, the woman, donning a black attire and sunglasses, was with joined by a fellow mourner who just kept nodding as she spoke in Sesotho.

Watch: Hundreds gather at Soshanguve funeral

Freely translated, she said people must not bother them with lockdown regulations because they were bidding farewell to their “brother, boss and a legend”. She blurted on:

“The legend has fallen and it was not his fault.”

After the video surfaced, the police, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and other law enforcement authorities sprung into action and nabbed the woman on Saturday 18 July in Mabopane.  

She was charged with contravening the national lockdown regulations but was subsequently released on a warning.


She was expected to appear before the Soshanguve Magistrate Court on 03 September 2020, the police said.

The grieving family that hosted the funeral was also not spared, as the police also charged a family member for failing to adhere to the lockdown regulations.  

“At the same time, police have also charged in terms of the COVID-19 Disaster Management Act, a family member of the deceased in their capacity as the convenor/organiser of the same funeral service, for failing to ensure adherence to the Regulations by the mourners. The family member was also released and will appear before the Soshanguve Magistrate Court on 24 August 2020,”

read the statement.

Police said it was evident from the circulating video clips relating to the funeral that the mourners exceeded the limit number of 50 people.

The police have since issued a stern warning to South Africans, warning them to refrain from “deliberately flouting” national lockdown regulations.

“With Gauteng Province recently declared the epicentre of the virus, areas such as Garankuwa and Soshanguve have this past week been cited by the provincial Department of Health as amongst those topping the list of COVID-19 hotspots in the province. It is with this in mind that security forces in the province are tightening measures to enforce the regulations, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation during which the President called for greater personal responsibility,”

read the statement.


Major General Johan Ndlovu, acting provincial commissioner of police in Gauteng, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic, and people losing their lives to the virus, is no joke. Anyone that deliberately flouts the regulations exposes those around them to a high risk of contracting the corona virus.”


Meanwhile, as at 19 July South Africa had recorded 364 328 confirmed cases and 5 033 deaths.

“In fact, mourners who do not fall within the list of persons permitted to attend funerals during the lockdown, place an unnecessary extra burden on the grieving family who deserve the space to give their loved ones a dignified send-off, without the added responsibility of ensuring compliance to regulations during the funeral,”

cautioned Ndlovu.