Hawks to investigate vandalism of Musina graves

2010-12-27 14:05

JOHANNESBURG – Limpopo’s police commissioner has established a task team led by the Hawks to investigate the vandalism of four graves in Musina, a Hawks spokesman said on Monday (December 27, 2010).

“The graves were those of former Orlando Pirates player Lesley Manyathela; former local mayor, councillor David Phologa; former Musina High School principal Thomas Makhubela; and Norman Tshisinudzi, a former resident,” spokesman for the Hawks, McIntosh Polela, said.

The graves were vandalised on Friday.

He said in a statement that when the task team arrived to investigate, it found an additional 27 graves violated.

The Hawks would investigate the reason behind the vandalism.

“We are aware of speculation suggesting that the vandalism of the additional 27 graves was an act of retaliation for the violation of the first four graves.”

He said they would not like to speculate and the issue would form part of the investigation.

The Hawks had not established whether there was a link to previous vandalism of graves in Phalaborwa, 150km from Musina.

“The investigation will tell us whether or not these acts are related. We are currently following strong leads and we are confident that suspects will soon be arrested,” Polela said.

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