Mystery over removed tombstone

2015-07-02 06:01
PHOTOS: NOKULUNGA NGOBESE

Joe Ngcobo shows his brotherand#039;s tombstone which was removed by unknown people.

PHOTOS: NOKULUNGA NGOBESE Joe Ngcobo shows his brotherand#039;s tombstone which was removed by unknown people.

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MYSTERY surrounds the Ngcobo family from Woodlands after their loved one’s tombstone was removed at Ethembeni cemetery allegedly by unknown people, whom they suspect have buried a new body in the grave.

Joe Ngcobo told Echo that his brother Mjabulisi’s tombstone has been there for more than 10 years however, his daughter Sthembile got the shock of her life when she went to visit his grave last week and discovered that her father’s tombstone had been removed and it appeared as if a new body had been buried in it.

Ngcobo said they have been sent from pillar to post after trying to lodge a complaint with the cemetery offices.

“When I visited my father’s grave last week, I was shocked to see that his tombstone had been removed and put on the side. The grave looked as if there was someone new buried in it as the soil was fresh, and next to it there was wet cement which showed that someone had been working there.

“Upon checking the office for [CCTV] footage, I was told that there are no cameras in the graveyard and no one saw anything. I then opened a case at Loop Street police station.”

Ngcobo said when she went with her uncle to open a case they were told that this is not the first incident of this nature to happen at the cemetery.

Ngcobo’s uncle said what is confusing is that out of all the tombstones that could have been removed, they chose theirs.

“We want the municipality to investigate what happened, even if it means exhuming the body.

“For more than 10 years the tombstone has been there. If it was destroyed and left there, then we could say it was intentional, but since it was removed, we don’t have answers as to what exactly happened.”

Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said an investigation is being conducted and a full report will be available after.

PMB Police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese­ confirmed that a case of violation of a grave has been opened

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