IN AN unusual turn of events, an Eastern Cape businessman and also a member of United Democratic Movement (UDM) asked to be buried in his favourite Mercedes Benz.

Jozana village in Stekrspruit came to a standstill on Saturday as the funeral of Tshekedi Pitso became the centre of attention.

People looked on as Pitso, dressed in a cream white, sat behind the steering wheel with his hands placed on the steering wheel in his favourite Mercedes Benz which was towed to the graveyard.

Pitso getting buried in his Mercedes-Benz

After all, this was Pitso’s wish to be buried in his favourite car. The funeral took the attention of people away from the country’s lockdown and became the talk of the town.

Tshekede Bufton Pitso, was over the weekend, while smartly dressed in a white shirt and suit, wheeled into his final resting place in Sterkspruit over the weekend, as mourners somberly looked on.

Pitso getting buried in his Mercedes-Benz

Photos of the ceremony showed the politician behind the wheel of his car as the vehicle was mechanically moved toward the hole in the ground, positioned in a way resembling him driving while wearing a seatbelt.

Pitso getting buried in his Mercedes-Benz

His Party president Bantu Holomisa tweeted that he had planned to attend the funeral of the politician, who some people described as flamboyant, but had abandoned his trip on account of COVID-19.

-Agencies

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