Former President Thabo Mbeki has praised legendary jazz singer Thandi Klaasen for her outstanding service to South Africans.
Mbeki addressed mourners at Klaasen's funeral service in Eden Park on the East Rand on Friday morning.
Klaasen died earlier this month at the age of 86 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Political dignitaries, including Mbeki have addressed mourners.
Mbeki says Klaasen offered an outstanding service to the people of South Africa.
“And so that’s why in 2006 we decided that Thandi Klaasen should get the order of the Baobab in Gold, the highest order in terms of service to the people.”
The funeral procession is expected to proceed to the Thomas Titus Nkobi Memorial park in Germiston.
(Edited by Neo Koza)