Neglected cemetery receives attention

2018-04-13 06:00

RELATIVES of the deceased buried at a Bhongweni cemetery have been complaining for years about the area being frequented by criminals.

Among the concerns is that prostitutes are apparently using the site to conduct their business.

Residents have asked the Greater Kokstad Municipality (GKM) to fence the cemetery to prevent people from using it as a pathway. While it was previously fenced, it was later vandalised.

This week, GKM responded to the community’s calls and informed the public that it has set aside R1,5 million to fence the site again.

Municipal spokesperson Nthabeleng Matshoba told the Fever that a service provider is in the process of getting materials for fencing the site. “

According to the specifications provided, the fence will be highly visible, making it easy to identify should it be stolen. We also want people to assist us in making sure that the fence is protected from criminals,” said Matshoba.

Matshoba said that the project will take eight weeks to complete and will create work opportunities for locals.

Expressing their gratitude on hearing the announcement was the Tambo family from Kokstad. In April 2016, the Fever published the Tambo family’s story after the grave of the late John Fana Tambo being vandalised. The family had also complained about wreaths that were stolen from some of their family graves.

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