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FORMER MISS SD FUNERAL DILEMMA
By Hlengiwe Ndlovu - SWAZI OBSERVER-21-Aug-2009
THE family of former Miss Swaziland Tiffany Simelane, who committed suicide on Monday, is at loggerheads regarding when she should be buried.
At an impromptu press conference last night, it transpired that the family is miles apart on deciding when she should be laid to rest.
As a result, there will be a memorial service for her tomorrow, afterwhich she will not be buried but will be sent back to the mortuary, something that rarely happens in Swaziland. Tiffany’s memorial service will be held at the Mater Dolorosa Church in Mbabane, at about 12:00 noon. A family representative promised that further details pertaining the funeral would be furnished during the memorial service.
All colleagues, family, friends and other mourners have been advised not to bring or buy flowers for the late former Miss Swaziland, and all who wished to do so have been requested to make a donation to the Swaziland Hospice at Home instead. In a statement, the family said they were still equally confused by Tiffany’s death.
“The family has been saddened by the death of our beloved daughter. Words fail us; we are indeed as confused as the rest of the country about her death.” The family has also pleaded with the public to bear with them in this hour of bereavement. “We pray and ask God to be with all who have known and lived with her during the short period she was with us.”
Tiffany made her last public appearance on the night of the crowning of the new Miss Swaziland Nompilo Mncina and it was there that she officially handed over the crown.
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