Tension between Anele Ngcongca’s family and government as funeral postponed

2020-Dec-04   11:43

Tension between Anele Ngcongca’s family and government as funeral postponed

- Karabo Mokgalagadi

Allegations of neglect and lack of recognition from government, then, a government official disclosing the health status of the late soccer star Anele Ngcongca's mother on social media without permission.

This is the fallout playing itself out around the mourning and funeral arrangements for the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Amazulu player.

Ngcongca's sister, Siyasanga, on Wednesday posted a notice of the funeral postponement on Twitter, adding that the reason for the delay was her mother's ill-health.

“We have to sadly postpone Anele Ngcongca Funeral as uMama is not well. She expressed that the funeral cannot continue without her. We made the decision that her health is important as a family and postponed the funeral,” Siyasanga wrote in her tweet.

The funeral that was initially scheduled for today will now take place next Thursday, 10 December.

But now it’s the twar that’s dominating the space around Ngcongca’s death.

"It's sad to see Anele's life celebrated in Belgium but not in South Africa. Sport Minister has not made any contact with the family. MEC of Cape Town has said nothing. The people of Gugulethu are disappointed. We as the family, we are disappointed," tweeted Siyasanga.

His sister, Siyasanga, said the contribution of the 33-year-old who’s got 53 Bafana Bafana caps to his name, has been all but forgotten.

“@NathiMthethwaSA, so disheartening that you have made no contact with Anele Ngcongca family, while he is celebrated overseas and other European countries. He was a sport giant. He played for the World Cup! The entire South Africa is mourning Anele.

“Not a single Minster has come forward to share message of condolences. Only @MbalulaFikile came to see Anele mother who is now ill. We thank you Mr Fix, ungumntu wabantu,” Siyasanga tweeted.

This raised the ire of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa’s spokesperson, Masechaba Khumalo, who argued that the minister could not visit Anele's mother because she was ill. It was, however, the disclosure that the mother has tested positive for COVID-19 that angered a lot of people on Twitter.

“Dear @robertmarawa, neither the MEC nor Minister @NathiMthethwaSA can visit the family at this time as Anele's mother has tested positive for COVID-19. For this reason the funeral has been moved to next week,” Khumalo tweeted.

She also added salt to the wounds when she implied that the Ngcongca family should not be complaining because they’ve been given a lot of money to fund the funeral.

“Sundowns has provided R100,000. The Provincial Department of Sport provided R40,000. Thabo Tutu from the Provincial Department [of Sport] is part of the organising committee and has been working with a team lead by a family representative and looking at quotes, etc. He advises that the above funds will be sufficient to cover costs,” said Khumalo.

The former Belgian soccer team Koninklijk Racing Club Genk player, Ngcongca died in a car accident on the N2 freeway near Mtunzini on 23 November.

He was in KwaZulu-Natal to spend the rest of the 2020/21 season at AmaZulu FC, on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.



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