Amafa condemns grave vandalism

2010-01-26 00:00

PROVINCIAL heritage body Amafa has condemned the vandalism of 14 graves in the Norwegian Cemetery near Eshowe.

Stone crosses and headstones have been pushed over and left lying alongside and on top of the graves.

“It is inexplicable why anyone would want to damage these graves, which are mainly those of missionaries and other Norwegians who first came to Zululand — by permission of the Zulu King Mpande — in the early 1850s,” he said.

“The Reverend Ommund Oftebro and the Norwegian missionary-settlers established the kwaMondi Mission there in 1860, but all that remains on the original site is the cemetery, which is adjacent to the British fort besieged by the Zulus during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

“These places [are] an important part of the shared history of the town and its many visitor attractions.

“We deplore such vandalism of the province’s heritage, and are in the process of restoring the graves.”

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