The dead don’t rest in peace in Bongweni

2016-04-08 06:00
                                   PhotoS: siphelele nketo The path through the Bhongweni cemetery.

PhotoS: siphelele nketo The path through the Bhongweni cemetery.

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THE Bongweni cemetery, which is supposed to be a place of peace, has been turned into a den of illicit activities, which the community are very concerned about.

Last year the Fever reported about the sex workers who use the cemetery to service clients.

The Tambo family of Bongweni has sleepless nights worrying about the grave of John Fana Tambo, which has been vandalised.

The family has buried five family members there, but only two can be identified due to neglect.

Family spokesperson Zamuxolo Tambo (57) said the site is neglected by the municipality and blames the people of Bhongweni who use the cemetery as a pathway.

“My daughter and my two brothers’ graves are not identifiable anymore, which is why we have decided to put a tombstone on the grave of my parents, Florence and John Tambo, so we can see their graves when doing rituals.

“We said ‘rest in peace’ when we buried them, but they are not in peace because their wreaths have been stolen,” said Tambo.

He added he would not be surprised if the tombstone was also stolen.

“Every time I pass the cemetery I’m shocked to see people walking on top of the dead.”

Tambo appeals to the municipality to put a wall around the entire cemetery, which will prevent people from using it as a pathway.

Municipality spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane said the municipality is aware of the poor fencing­ there, and the problem will be attended to as soon as money is available in the budget.

Ncwane said people should respect the dead and not abuse cemeteries for illicit activities.

We said rest in peace when we buried them, but they are not in peace because their wreaths have been stolen.
Every time I pass the cemetery I’m shocked to see people walking on top of the dead

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