Chris Hani's gravestone vandalised

2012-02-29 16:24

Johannesburg - The grave of struggle icon Chris Hani has been vandalised, causing damage estimated at R23 000, the Ekurhuleni municipality said on Wednesday.

"[Municipal] employees reported that Hani's tombstone had been defaced, and a dent that looks like a gunshot on the top right hand corner has been engraved on it," said mayor Mondli Gungubele in a statement.

The desecration was "senseless" and it was a "sad coincidence" that it occurred on the eve of Chris Hani's commemoration month in April.

Police were informed and an investigative team was instructed to look into the matter, he said.

"Actually, I have instructed our investigation team to leave no stone unturned in investigating this incident so that the perpetrators are put behind bars - where they belong."

The municipality set aside R23 000 to fix the gravestone and it was expected to be back in place within three weeks, before the commemoration event begins.

"Chris Hani was a peace loving politician, a selfless leader who put the interests of all South Africans ahead of his own and those of his family... It therefore defeats all logic that someone would be so intent on showing such disrespect to such a great leader."

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-02-29 16:29

    Sad sad sad! WTH is wrong with people?

      Henri - 2012-02-29 16:52

      why do i get a feeling someone is pocketing here again ??

      Hugh - 2012-02-29 17:28

      Geez some just think others are totally dumb and nelieve the myths that have been built up around the likes of Hani and Mandela. Hands up those who believe the Bs.

      Warmonger - 2012-02-29 18:47

      The "might" of propoganda! It can paint that which 'stinks' with a nice coat of 'perfect' paint! And people are like sheep, they believe what they read in the media/huisgenoot as the gospel truth!! A terrorist who killed people can be made into the worlds most 'respected, most loved' individual... And we are too dumb to query, to think for ourselves.

  • NrGx - 2012-02-29 16:30

    WOW! - A tombstone is damaged and they can fix this within 3 weeks. But they ant fix potholes, cant fix robots, cant fix leaking water pipes. priorities are seriously warped!

      Ang - 2012-02-29 19:51

      "Actually, I have instructed our investigation team to leave no stone unturned in investigating this incident so that the perpetrators are put behind bars - where they belong." -- I hope they dont misunderstand the instruction...

      Jou - 2012-02-29 20:43

      I saw the irony....but I bet the MEC didn't ;-))

  • Marion - 2012-02-29 16:30

    I think it is appalling that people desecrate graves. However, why don't they pursue all grave desecraters(?) with as much eneergy as they are going to put into going after these?

      npretorius2 - 2012-02-29 16:43

      So the people who desecrated the grave are costing tax payers R23,000 for repairs to the grave. Nevermind the R300,000 on "leaving no stone unturned" to find the perpetrators. Whoever it was, if you were doing it to make a political statement, or just to be a vandal, thanks for wasting our money.

  • Den - 2012-02-29 16:30

    must be a troll

      Henri - 2012-02-29 16:53

      polydonkey ?????

  • brenton.tyrrell - 2012-02-29 16:33

    Peace loving? Man, did I have this one messed up. Maybe Hitler didn't gas the Jews after all!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-02-29 18:08

      LOL LMGA Hitler was also peace loving OMW Well If Chris Hani was then was Hitler must have been a Jew Hugger

  • jaz82 - 2012-02-29 16:39

    Ya nice, spend 23k on a dead person's tombstone, never mind the kids starving etc... troll brains

  • Louise Higham - 2012-02-29 16:40

    Why are we spending so much money to repair a tomb when there are so many starving people out there. Get your priorities right. Sorry but its a waste of money, the guys dead!

  • Avril - 2012-02-29 16:41

    Any desecration of graves/tombstones is sacrilegious. My grandparents' graves have also been vandalised in the cemetery in Knysna. They were also "peace loving, selfless, upstanding members of the community". No doubt the mayor of Knysna will like his counterpart, Mondli Gingubele of Ekurhuleni, where the incident occurred, also instruct "our investigation team to leave no stone unturned... so that the perpertrators are put behind bars".

  • Anthony - 2012-02-29 16:42

    money spent on gravestone WHY?

      Mike - 2012-02-29 19:44

      Its money well spent,there is a budget for it.Its the least we could do to honour the great man who liberated the whole country from the struggle.

  • Birgit - 2012-02-29 16:43

    Sick no RESPECT

  • Gideon - 2012-02-29 16:44

    Apologies for hijacking the topic, but how on earth is end of February on "the eve of...April"?

      NeoAcheron - 2012-02-29 16:51

      I was just about to ask the same question?

  • tmaphosa1 - 2012-02-29 16:45

    thats so sad, people is now making graveyard calls.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-02-29 16:46

    Why spend so much money on a tombstone?

  • Johan - 2012-02-29 16:51

    Someone stirring!

  • Roy - 2012-02-29 16:56

    Bet anyone that this is going to be blamed on a some racist white man.

  • johan.schoeman1 - 2012-02-29 17:06

    You will always get a brainless lowlife that does something so stupid. It makes me sad that people will do something like this with no thought for Chris Hani's family. I did not agree with his politics but that does not mean i should desecrate his grave. I wish people in this country would grow up and tend to building this country rather than breaking it down!

  • Boichoko Dichaba - 2012-02-29 17:10

    It can only be one of those who attended kommado kamp in mpumalanga that might have vandalized it, I'll educated ....... The will never fit in the new south africa they might as well start applying for asylum in other countries as here in africa they don't belong just like their brother who ran to the USA

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-29 17:19

      Go and look at then rest of the graves/stones and than talk again.

  • AG.Mogotsi - 2012-02-29 17:16

    what?? why do people vandalise tombstones? if u have blood boiling problems, hit ur pillow or go for a wrestling bout or better, excercise

  • Gungets - 2012-02-29 17:20

    Rubbish of the highest order. Not just that it was Chris Hani's grave, but that some animal would desecrate any grave at all. That it was Chris Hani's grave just shows that the pig that did this was deliberately stirring. Bitter, disappointed mongrel

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-29 17:28

    If one look at the average conditions of graves and their stones in graveyards all over SA one will be shocked. Yes, they mentioned this one because it is of a well known man, but his is only one of thousands in SA. The difference is that the other's family repairs their own late members's graves. I think one should not read anything into it except that it is a action by loitering fools to spoil graves all over SA because of no-one that is alive to witness. What is standing out is N24 hunting for readers again. Specially when they stretch the "eve of April so nicely. Lets see how long this comment survive in this section.(got it on copy, Stopwatches on???)

  • Pen - 2012-02-29 18:54

    Are they also going to arrest the vandals that vandalise the graves at West Park? or does Chris get preferential treatment Actually, I have instructed our investigation team to leave no stone unturned in investigating this incident so that the perpetrators are put behind bars - where they belong." What a joke!

  • Matanje - 2012-02-29 18:56

    Maybe I was supposed to be a psychiatrist, but people vandalize graves to make a statement. And I think the statement is one simple one. The Afrikaaner's apartheid has been replaced by Mandelasque-Xhosa tribal apartheid... I bet if both of us outlive Mandela, please watch what will happen to Mandela's grave! He is a Xhosa (or so he biographically claims), Hani is a Xhosa, Zuma is a Xhosa-praiser who forgets (if he knows) that the founders of both the ANC and the ANC Youth League came from his home province KZN, but all these folks (Mandela, Tambo, Sisulu, Hani, Biko, Sobukwe you name them), while one too many of their relatives are busy committing corruption in Zuma's government without retribution, are treated like the very demigods we went to an anti-colonial struggle for 100 years to divest Afrikaaners of! So people are saying to the grave of Hani (where assassin D. Lewis used a bullet), "You Are Not a God!" ALSO

  • Sam - 2012-02-29 19:28

    Well Hani adhered to a system of belief that killed more people than any other belief system in history -- and ruined the economies of half of Europe and most of Africa. So why does he have a memorial at all? Communists, like Nazis, are best forgotten. It would be a kindness to remove the gravestone entirely and plant an indigenous, non-tox tree on the site.

      Mike - 2012-02-29 19:49

      We should also remove some of the arcitects of aparteheid 's graves,e.g Pick Botha,Delarey,Beyers Naude,Loftus Versveld(never mind the spelling),Eugen Terreblance and most probably one or two or all of your great great father 's graves.

      Seja - 2012-03-01 05:28

      Beyers Naude?? Really??

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 08:04

      cool story, bro.

  • Mantsho - 2012-02-29 19:53

    l think people are trying to create some jobs for themselves.

  • Sariena - 2012-02-29 20:31

    I have that same feeling Zoolie

  • Sariena - 2012-02-29 20:37

    MainJay,black and white had that chance to make the country better but then the hooligan ANC arrived.

  • Sheda - 2012-02-29 21:04

    This man was better than Madiba. What a disgrace. He was not a warmonger, anyone who believes that is a) racist b) does not know the facts c)is giving Mbeki and Zuma (and Julius) credit they do not deserve - compared to Hani.

      JoeFRios - 2012-02-29 21:32

      No, my dear boy, clearly YOU do not know the facts. Did you ever read any news before 1993, or do you just believe anything you've been subsequently fed?

  • Sean - 2012-02-29 22:07

    Now the fact that he had a gravestone that cost that much money, sort of makes a hypocrite of him as a communist doesnt it?

  • Sheik - 2012-02-29 22:11

    Can you see the whole grave yard with all the head stones turned upside down, after the Mayor said that the investigating team will leave no stone unturned.

  • siyabulela.mandela - 2012-03-01 07:17

    Chris Hani sacriffied his life, during the struggle for a free South Africa. Then why dont we do the same, jst to show some respect oh plz South Africans plz.

  • siyabulela.mandela - 2012-03-01 07:35

    no South Africa please wakeup,allow the man to rest, why should he suffer even when he is dead.Please let there be peace in this beautiful country of ours.

  • Deon - 2012-03-02 21:16

    How can Chris Hani be a peace-loving politician and a selfless leader? When the Bokodo Bokodo mutiny took place in Luanda among the MK, due to repression and torture by the MK leadership in Luanda, it was the late MK commander Chris Hani who lead the reprisal squad to suppress the rebellion and killing more than 200 MK cadres. A memorial should be erected for those MK cadres instead in remembrance of the falseness of leaders and the repression of the masses. Komesho Nonyati.

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