RDP houses built on graves in PE

2011-07-22 09:12

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay municipal officials have discovered human remains scattered below and near RDP houses at Soweto-on-Sea, The Herald reported on Friday.

A detailed report on the discovery by public health executive director Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni was discussed at a public health committee meeting this week.

According to the report, the municipality was searching for those responsible for the construction of the houses on a cemetery in the early 1990s.

It is believed that there were about 100 graves on which the RDP houses were built.

Human remains were discovered when residents in the area started digging vegetable gardens and wanted to erect washing line poles.

Chabula-Nxiweni said some of the graves were dated from as early as 1947 and a few family members had already arranged for the exhumation of their relatives’ remains and reburied them elsewhere.

She said while the details of the developers were yet to be confirmed, it was "presumed" that the matter could have been administered by the then Ibhayi Municipal Administration.

A commissioner at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, Mlawu Tyatyeka, said that the violation of graves was an issue experienced in most municipalities.

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-07-22 09:23

    this is not funny but i cant help myself from having a ear to ear grin because of this.

      Dal68 - 2011-07-22 09:28


      Creeky - 2011-07-22 09:29

      Have to agree with you on that one Jacques... (falls off chair .. laughing) Wonder how the Ancestors are taking it?

      jowza - 2011-07-22 10:05

      a very grave situation

      LilGhettoBoy - 2011-07-22 11:00

      RDP houses in the early 1990's? What happened to the first phase archaeological survey. Mmmm, something is fishy here...maybe the correct procedures weren't followed. Could it be a no-tender job for my buddy?

      HumanKind - 2011-07-22 12:40

      I agree. What a "haunting tale". Someone has made a "grave mistake". The inhabitants should not complain. They always want to get in touch with their ancestors. Maybe now they are a lot closer to them

      Khatman - 2011-07-22 13:18

      @Creeky, Humankind..just you wait for our ancestors and their powers and thrash you!! You stupid B@st@ard trash!

      VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 13:45

      @Khatman. It is impossible to intimidate a civilized, educated first world race with talk of ghosts and "ancestors". You lot on the other hand...

      TGSA - 2011-07-22 15:35

      Curious to hear what is going to happen next, a friend of mine lost his farm due to the detection of ancient burial plots on the farm. In this case, rebury them seems quite a practical solution, was not an 'option' on my friends farm...

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 09:27

    Soweto-on-Sea hahahahahaha wtf?

      ilollipop - 2011-07-22 09:46

      SOWETO... South Western Township... that's what it stands for. South Western Township by the Sea....

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-22 09:53

      Thanks for the history lesson pop - 2011-07-22 10:01

      The name is hilarious !!!! Having a good chuckle!

      Eric West - 2011-07-22 11:59

      SOWETO is the Zulu version of the Latin "quo vadis?", which means "so where to?" ;)

  • cat8fish - 2011-07-22 09:28

    this is sick. what has gotten into people. No respect for the dead. Sho!

  • P!NK - 2011-07-22 09:29

    Weren't they supposed to find the bones while building the houses,(digging foundations and all that) why now when digging gardens? Either that's a figging deep garden or shallow graves???

      happygolucky - 2011-07-22 09:43

      Good point P!ink

      Jezabbela - 2011-07-22 09:58

      Shallow digging for the foundations. Deep digging for the gardens I think!

      Ederik - 2011-07-22 11:29

      Maybe no foundations to cut costs! Just a slab of concrete with the house on top?

      crackerr - 2011-07-22 12:20

      Fine observation Pink. Perhaps the builders knew what they were building on and if so others also did. Interesting. Very rotten.

      Khatman - 2011-07-22 13:24

      @ Ederik: Carry on making fun, we shall come for your house then and me and my family will live happily ever after

      VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 13:50

      Khatman, just remember not to bring a knobkierie and a panga to a gunfight, that would be a "grave" mistake. Get it? No? Off course you don't.

      DeonL - 2011-07-22 14:06

      Khatman, the same people that thought they could get free homes in good areas in 1994 are now looking for free farms. Maybe in 2050 will they realise only the cheapest of cheap like RDP houses can be free.

      Buzzbar - 2011-07-22 14:59

      @Khatman - I would burn my house to the ground before seeing the likes of you take it. Ever heard of scorched earth policy?

      Virginia - 2011-07-27 10:27

      Buzbar, my hat goes off to you, its exactly what I say, give them no more, they have and are taking enough for what , the past, they had nothing and now suddenly their anestors owned land, what about ours we have been here just as long and did something about the country, they are busy stealing.

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-07-22 09:32

    I think creamation is the only solution to stop this.

  • JCWR56 - 2011-07-22 09:37

    not all bad, be quite handy for all the shops being in the dead centre of town

  • derkus - 2011-07-22 09:46

    this is a grave matter

  • quickpick - 2011-07-22 09:46

    arent the dead suppose to get really pissed at that, and like come back or something??

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-22 09:54

      Only if you bury them in the pet cemetery

  • TribalSoul - 2011-07-22 09:50

    Reminds me of the movie 'Poltergeist'. I wonder if there'll be a little old southern american lady who can see into the ghosts realm as well? Enter popcorn and coke for this epic fail!

      John Jameson - 2011-07-22 14:37

      The next Blockbuster Horror Movie: RDP - Return of the Dead People... Don't wait for the spoof, this is it.

  • VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 09:55

    Whaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!! They should callit Soweto-on-Bones. Mommy, mommy can I play with Grandpa? No, we already dug him up twice today. WHAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

      edd - 2011-07-22 10:01


  • Jacob - 2011-07-22 09:55

    Are we so short of housing space that we do this? Or are we doing like the Romans with the catacoombes below the city? Next to the sea - why dont we bury the dead at sea?

  • AJO - 2011-07-22 09:57

    Three questions: 1. RDP houses in the early 1990's? 2. Were there any foundations dug for these houses and nothing was found? 3. Just how deep do these people dig to plant their veggies?

  • Sammajoor - 2011-07-22 09:58

    I'm surprised that they don't claim this to be victims of an apartheid holocaust...

  • Jezabbela - 2011-07-22 10:01

    Tjo, hayi shame if you people find this funny, then you are sick! Imagine digging for your garden and finding a skeleton! What's funny in that. Traumatic yes but FUNNY???!! I must have lost my sense of humor then

      Vuyolwethu - 2011-07-22 10:17

      Hw can a person plant 6 inches deep. Something is not right in this story

      Jezabbela - 2011-07-22 11:41

      Maybe the graves were too shallow, NOT 6 INCHES??

      unblind - 2011-07-22 12:33

      do you two what is an inch? i don't even know if it's possible to bury someone six inches deep without them sticking out of the surface

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-07-22 10:05

    Oh come on guys this is deadly serious. There's obviously some skeletons in the closet regarding the quality of the houses.When it comes out it will be a bone shaking revalation. I hope the government will look into this properly, a real bare bones investigation is needed.

      cat8fish - 2011-07-22 10:11

      i agree Ascendo, this is no laughing matter. Goverment needs to act fast

      navarac - 2011-07-22 10:12

      Definitely skullduggery!

  • Fanie Joubert - 2011-07-22 10:06

    Soweto on the Graveyard

  • JCWR56 - 2011-07-22 10:08

    is this in the spirit of the new south africa

  • Mercenary - 2011-07-22 10:13

    This is how the ANC cares for you!!!!! Wake up.

      miya7 - 2011-07-22 15:07

      reading with undurstanding will help yu yu ar de one who hav to wake up

      Mercenary - 2011-07-22 15:20

      @miya Oh really??? Please tell me what is to understand? That the government did not give a Sh!!t where they put the houses? Or the fact that there are other municipalities with the same problem!! This is just another proof to everybody that those people in government don’t feel anything but still it is not enough proof for you!!

  • pop101 - 2011-07-22 10:16

    What happened to the first phase archaeological survey. Mmmm, something is fishy here...maybe the correct procedures weren't followed. Could it be a no-tender job for my buddy?

      Madi Gaggia - 2011-07-22 10:35

      I think you just hit the nail on the head. Especially since nobody seems to know who the "developer" was.

      LilGhettoBoy - 2011-07-22 10:58

      And early 90's, not surprising.

  • Sam - 2011-07-22 10:25

    This issue seems to be a real bone of contention.

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-22 10:26

    People can now REST IN PEACE, now that they have a roof over their dead i mean heads.

  • Mercenary - 2011-07-22 11:16

    @ Dizizo Early 90's.......not specifically 1990. 1) Why do you think the RDP houses were built in the first place?? Negotiations were in place with the Nats by the ANC prior to the 1994 elections. 2)The RDP development contracts were not ran by the NP. If you don't know dont speak. But like most of your cadres you try and speak about things you don't know S&^T about.

      DeonL - 2011-07-22 12:29

      It seems you are right. RDP housing was started by the ANC when they took over in 1994.

  • Liberty - 2011-07-22 11:20

    Nice now they can feel closer to their ANCestors who told them to vote ANC

      miya7 - 2011-07-22 15:10

      comment from Bhotha

  • jonessierob - 2011-07-22 11:32


      miya7 - 2011-07-22 15:13

      read do not mention DA(dakies aside) that fake madam minde heeee that one is a fake she can evern wear african garments...fake.

  • onetickie - 2011-07-22 11:41

    Will be interesting to know who got the go-ahead for buildig of these RDP houses. They deliberately give a date as early 1990s; to blame the whites as usual?

  • Nicholas - 2011-07-22 12:37

    I wonder how does they sleep at night, ghosts, cold-mild wind... eh! Casper the friendly ghost maybe..?

  • Bhlynd - 2011-07-22 13:03

    I guess not even their ancestors are safe from land grabs.

  • Jaco Le Roux - 2011-07-22 13:44

    The soil should be nice and rich in compost :-)

      miya7 - 2011-07-22 15:14

      heeeeee yu ar sick go and plant potatoes

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-07-22 14:13

    'the violation of graves was an issue in most municipalities...' well that's all right then?

  • Alan - 2011-07-23 09:36

    All burials should be banned..Land for the Living.

  • Virginia - 2011-07-27 10:22

    They even steal from the dead!!

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