“I urge parents and guardians to instil some discipline and respect in their children because the lack thereof on Saturday was absolutely shocking."
THE GREAT grandson of literary icon Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje has berated pupils for their disrespect and bad conduct during the funeral service of Kimberley Boys’ High pupil Tshepiso Thompson on the weekend.
The church was packed to capacity, where family members, friends and acquaintances paid their last respects on Saturday.
Tshepiso was fatally stabbed on March 31 while walking home with a group of friends.
Gopolong Daniel Spencer Plaatje said yesterday that he had pleaded with pupils at the funeral to mind their manners and show some respect for Tshepiso and his bereaved family.
“The pupils, who were dressed in their school uniforms, were drinking alcohol at the church as well inside the taxis during the church service. I lodged a complaint with the school principal about the lack of discipline and rudeness shown. These pupils come from advantaged families with expensive cellphones and cars that were bought for them by their parents,” said Plaatje.
He added that the misbehaving pupils refused to be reprimanded.
“As a founder member of the community crime-fighting organisation Operation Wanya Tsotsi, they threatened that their parents would sue me. Their demeanour was reckless and despicable, to say the least. Some of the teenagers drove to the funeral under the influence of liquor. They were also spinning their cars in a reckless fashion and were racing down Adam Namakola Street.”
Plaatje added that he had to request the taxi drivers that had parked outside the church venue and cemetery to tone down the blaring music.
“I urge parents and guardians to instil some discipline and respect in their children because the lack thereof on Saturday was absolutely shocking.
“Thepisho’s funeral was very emotional and traumatic. At the gravesite I pleaded with the mourners, and in particular school children and friends, to avoid irresponsible behaviour, in memory of Tshepisho. How do you control drunk teeangers who are driving their cars?
“We are breeding future generations that are dysfunctional and self-destructive.”
– Sandi Kwon Hoo