Tombstone Vandalism Syndicate Hit Ga-Sekgopo

By Theodorah Mawasha
SEKGOPO VILLAGE– A family burial site in Sekgopo village, belonging to the Selapa family has been vandalised by unknown people.
According to a family member, Sello Selapa, they were alerted by community members after noticing a fence securing the gravesite was destroyed. Selapa said, upon visiting the site a few days later to inspect, he was shocked at the way the gravesite looked.
“We were angered and astounded. I was particularly shocked to see that our people have lost respect for the dead. We lost ubuntu and it’s disappointing.” He said.
 “We suspect that the tombstones are stolen and sold. We have requested the chieftaincy to assist but to no avail. We hope that maybe Greater Letaba Municipality can help.”
However the Greater Letaba Municipality made it crystal clear that family gravesite doesn’t fall under their jurisdiction.
“We, unfortunately, cannot assist the family in any way because we are only mandated to look after burial sites in townships and towns. We are not even allocated a budget for such matters. Ours is only to mediate in a case where there are squabbles or miscommunication between the chief and villagers. The family must fix the problem. It is their sacred place,”  Municipality Spokesperson Lovers Maenetja Said.
A case of theft was opened by the family. Sergeant Lebepe of Modjadjiskloof police station confirmed a case was opened and further cited that, they suspect it’s a syndicate.” we have had a lot of tombstone vandalism cases being opened from the Sekgopo and neighboring areas lately. Our investigation thus far gives us the suspicion that this nefarious behavior is perpetrated by the same group of people.”
The police request anyone that might have information that can lead to the arrest of these criminals to contact them on 015 309 1710 or call the toll-free number to give information.

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