RDP houses built on graves in PE

2011-07-22 09:12
Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay municipal officials have discovered human remains scattered below and near RDP houses at Soweto-on-Sea, The Herald reported on Friday.

A detailed report on the discovery by public health executive director Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni was discussed at a public health committee meeting this week.

According to the report, the municipality was searching for those responsible for the construction of the houses on a cemetery in the early 1990s.

It is believed that there were about 100 graves on which the RDP houses were built.

Human remains were discovered when residents in the area started digging vegetable gardens and wanted to erect washing line poles.

Chabula-Nxiweni said some of the graves were dated from as early as 1947 and a few family members had already arranged for the exhumation of their relatives’ remains and reburied them elsewhere.

She said while the details of the developers were yet to be confirmed, it was "presumed" that the matter could have been administered by the then Ibhayi Municipal Administration.

A commissioner at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, Mlawu Tyatyeka, said that the violation of graves was an issue experienced in most municipalities.

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