Cape Town - Family, friends and colleagues paid their last respects to world-renowned cardiologist and University of Cape Town professor Bongani Mayosi at the CTICC.
A group of mourners broke into song and dance at the start of the funeral ceremony. Several speakers recalled Mayosi's gentle spirit and keen sense of humour.
Mayosi's sister delivered the eulogy and a family member conveyed a message from the well-known professor's mom.
Mayoi was granted a special provincial official funeral by President Cyril Ramaphosa who also instructed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast in the Western Cape on the day of his funeral.
Dignitaries who spoke at the funeral included Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi‚ who said Mayosi had changed the face of heart health in the developing world, reported TimesLive.
Mayosi will be cremated.
Earlier in the week his family confirmed that Mayosi had for the past two years been battling depression and ended his own life.
Mayosi was the dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town and an A-rated National Research Foundation researcher. In 2009, Mayosi was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe (silver).
IOL and ANA