Family left to dig grave themselves

2012-02-15 10:52
Family members and friends dig a grave for Tina Coetsee at Silverton cemetary, after it was left partially dug. (Beeld)

Family members and friends dig a grave for Tina Coetsee at Silverton cemetary, after it was left partially dug. (Beeld)

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Pretoria - A grieving woman is upset with the Tshwane metro, after the grave she ordered for her mother was left partially dug, and funeral-goers had to dig the rest of the grave themselves.

When the family arrived at the Silverton cemetery in the east of Pretoria for the funeral of Tina Coetsee, 73, on February 2, they found a shallow grave “barely knee deep”.

Coetsee’s daughter, Elize du Plessis, said they were shocked. “It is such a sad day and then to have to deal with this trauma was very difficult.”


Du Plessis said she made arrangements with the Tshwane metro for the grave on January 28.

Funeral goers had to roll up their sleeves and dig the grave themselves.

The deceased’s children, grandchildren, friends and two employees of the undertakers, Avbob, lent a helping hand.

"The Tshwane metro was conspicuous in its absence and there has still been no explanation to date.”

Du Plessis said the incident painted a picture of a metro with no compassion for residents.


The Tshwane metro said it was sorry for the pain caused by the incident.

Tshwane spokesperson Dikeledi Phiri said the city used contractors to dig graves in all its cemeteries.

"The contractor who had to dig this grave couldn’t finish it in time.”

Phiri said the contractor had been informed in writing that he had not delivered the service as agreed, and was ordered to send a written letter to Coetsee’s next of kin to apologise for the inconvenience.

Du Plessis would be compensated for what she paid for the grave.

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