A South African man who lived a lavish lifestyle before he took his own life was buried in a bizarre way by his friends and family.
27-year-old Paulos Amade and father of three from Orange Farm, south of Joburg, died over a love tragedy. He committed suicide on Father’s Day by drinking beer laced with rat poison, according to his family.
During his burial on Saturday, his friends and some family members poured beer into his grave and tossed in money, cellphones and expensive clothes as an expression of their love for him
According to South African’s Daily Sun, there was singing and dancing, drinking and crazy displays of riches as his friends celebrated his short life at Olifantsvlei Cemetery on Saturday.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Jeannette Amade, Paulos’ sister said they knew Paulos as a man of style, so they let his friends celebrate him the way they wanted.
“We could not oppose the manner they wanted to celebrate him. When they poured beer and put money and clothes into the grave, we understood that it was the same way they did things when he was still alive,” she said.
But a cultural expert, Refiloe Wa Ga Khunou, said what his friends did was pure disrespect.
“This undermines our culture. It is a meaningless publicity stunt created by people who seek fame,” he said.
“There is nothing respectful about people pouring beer into a dead person’s final resting place. If they wanted to celebrate him, they should have done it while he was still alive,” he added