According to reports, Tshekede Bufton Pitso, who was the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader for Eastern Cape, was laid to rest in Sterkspruit over the weekend. However, instead of being buried in a usual coffin, his body was lowered to the ground in his beloved Mercedes Benz car, as his last wish.
In photos of the funeral that have been circulating on social media, Pitso can be seen dressed in a white suit and shirt and seated on the driver’s side of the car with his hands on the wheel to look like he is driving. He is also strapped in a seatbelt.
His funeral service was held on Saturday.
Mfundo Nqata Bongela on Facebook wrote that Pitso had remained “a flamboyant character until death”, saying he was “not surprised that you asked to be taken to your final resting place in your favorite Mercedes-Benz”.
He wrote that he and UDM leader Pitso had “fought and disagreed” countless times, as he had “hated everything to do with the ANC”.
“The old man remained controversial and rebellious though, his demeanor was unmatched,”” Bongela wrote.
— Pinky G (@Yknip1) March 28, 2020