Cape Town - For Muslims, the Tana Baru Cemetery in the upper reaches of Bo-Kaap is a historically important and holy burial site. It is also home to a family of four, living in poverty, GroundUp reports.
John Swartz and his family say they have been living in the cemetery for 32 years. His wife, Sarie Rex, and two children, Ebrahim, 5 and Shahieda Rex, 10, live in a dilapidated one-room house held together with pieces of wood, broken furniture, plastic, and cardboard.
Abandoned in Parkwood by his mother when he was 6, Swartz found himself begging and stealing to support his three siblings, the youngest of whom was 6-months-old. A family took them in, but it did not turn out well.