James Oatway/Panos Pictures

Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Priests and family members with the coffin of Yule 'Angel' Randles (32) during his funeral in Noordgesig.

Angel had been addicted to drugs and lived on the streets. He had recently come out of a rehabilitation project when he died suddenly. Although is death was not attributed to COVID-19, as his funeral was held during the first days of the coronavirus lockdown those attending wore face masks and abided by rules in place to prevent the spread of the virus. The ceremony was held at his father's house, as church ceremonies are not permitted. No more than 50 guests are allowed at any event. As one of the early funerals during the lockdown, people were not entirely sure of the safety protocols and when and when not to wear a mask and gloves.

Funerals in South Africa are very important community events and often draw many people. The ceremony is usually concluded with a large communal lunch with not only family members invited but neighbours too.

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James Oatway/Panos Pictures
Soweto, Johannesburg
South Africa
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