Tombstones go ‘missing’

2018-01-24 06:00

RESIDENTS who buried their loved ones at the Mountain Rise Cemetery have raised concerns following news that tombstones are being stolen.

A recent incident is that of the Mvuyane family, when Mxolisi (64) discovered on January 12, that his wife’s tombstone was missing.

“My granddaughter and I went to the cemetery to visit my wife’s grave. That’s when I saw that the was gone.”

“We were both shocked.

I don’t know who would do such a thing. I am still mourning the death of my wife and someone does this to me,” he said.

The tombstone was erected in May last year when Mvuyane’s wife was buried.

Since the discovery, he has opened a case at the Mountain Rise Police Station.

“In November I went to fix my mother’s tombstone and my wife’s tombstone was fine, nothing was missing. My wife is supposed to rest in peace,” he said.

Alex Anthony from Woodlands had the same experience over the holidays.

“In the Christmas holidays I received a call from my sister telling me that the slab on my father’s grave was missing,” he said.

When Anthony returned from his holiday he went to check.

“I am worried that more slabs will go missing if the municipality does not implement measures to prevent this.

“I also saw that the slab next to my parent’s graves was missing. When I went to the municipal office, they told me I was the 14th person to complain about it.

When I asked what they are doing about it the response was that there is nothing they can do.”

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha said the municipality was aware of these allegations and is currently investigating the matter.

“We are working on placing additional security [at the cemetery] but what must be noted is that when family members fail to pay the undertakers who erected the tombstones, they [undertakers] come back to remove it.

The family then claims that it was stolen,” she said.


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