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Grave mistake at city cemetery

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The family they informed the Sol Plaatje Municipality about a deceased person that was buried on top of their loved one, however, nothing has since been done about the matter

THE FAMILY of a 91-year-old woman, Mary Moiloa, are at their wits’ end as their plan to erect a tombstone for their deceased father has been delayed indefinitely because there is another person buried on top of their father’s grave.

In addition, it is Mary’’s wish to one day be buried with her husband.

According to the family they informed the Sol Plaatje Municipality in January 2016 about a deceased person that was buried on top of their loved one, however, nothing has since been done about the matter.

The daughter of the deceased, Elizabeth Seepamore, said they noticed that the grave was “tampered” with when they went to pay their respects to their father.

“My father died in 1977 and was buried in ABC Cemetery. We went to visit my father’s grave and were shocked to see someone else’s name on the grave. This person was buried in 2013. We went to tell the administrator at the cemetery and went through the burial register. We noticed that our father’s name was erased with Tipp-Ex. I enquired why the name was wiped out, but the administrator did not want to take responsibility for the incident and indicated that the previous administrator had resigned,” said Seepamore.

Seepamore’s sister, Faith Moiloa, said they have followed up on the matter numerous times but can still not find any answers.

“We went to the municipality several times and had been in communication with officials regarding this matter. We have made phone calls and sent e-mails but there is no response from the municipality. We also managed to trace the family of the other deceased person who was buried on top of my father in an attempt to find a resolution to this,” said Faith.

She added that they had requested that the other deceased person be exhumed, as their mother’s wish is to be buried with their father.

“My mother is already in her 90s and has told us several times that she wishes to be buried with our father. We also want to erect a tombstone for my father but are not able to do so as there is someone else buried with him. We want the other person to be exhumed as this burial took place without our knowledge.

“We have been faced with this problem for more than three years and we are afraid that we might be running out of time and we might not be able to grant our mother her wish.”

A family representative for the other family involved in the matter, indicated that the entire family needs to meet and consult on the matter before they can give any comment.

The Sol Plaatje municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said they are investigating the matter.