Graveyard goes bare

2019-04-18 06:01
Some of the aluminium fence stolen at Gugulethu cemetery along Klipfontein Road in Gugulethu.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some of the aluminium fence stolen at Gugulethu cemetery along Klipfontein Road in Gugulethu.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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The ongoing vandalism of NY 5 cemetery, in Gugulethu, has been lambasted by the community leaders.

The cemetery, which was upgraded about 10 years ago, has recently been targeted by the vandals. They stole the aluminium fencing leaving the graves exposed.

Khaya Yozi, ward 39 councillor, blamed hooliganism for the damage. He claimed thugs stole the fence and sold it at the scrapyards for extra cash.

Yozi said a section of the graveyard falls under his ward, while another section falls under ward 40 under councillor Bongani Ngcombolo.

He said some sections of the graveyard were damaged about six months ago. “It is almost six months now that a part of the graveyard has no fence. I informed Ngcombolo to talk to his community members to stop their shenanigans,” said Yozi. He described the act as irritating and unfair. He claimed that KTC residents dumped rubble along the fence which also contributed to the damage.

When City Vision visited the cemetery last week livestock was roaming the graveyard. Sections of the fence were removed.

Commenting on the damage, Ngcombolo conceded that Yozi informed him about was was happening at the graveyard.

He promised to schedule a meeting to address the issues.

“I did call the community meeting late last year to address the issue but I can see it is still continuing. And I also suspect some of the community members in my area, who are selling scrap are the ones who are causing the damage,” he said.

Yozi added that he planned to meet with Yozi at the end of the month.

Ngcombolo said his concern is that the community members are walking freely inside the graveyard.

“Now that the graveyard is open people do as they please. And to the black community the graveyard is one of the respected places. And I will ensure that I report to the council meeting so that it can be fully fenced again to bring back its dignity,” said Ngcombolo.

One of the residents Mthetheleli Nofundo from Barcelona didn’t deny or confirm that the fence is stolen by some of the residents in his area. “I just saw the graveyard open, I don’t know who stole the fence. I know that there are people collecting steel and tins to sell them to the scrapyard, but I cannot say who it is,” said Nofundo.

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