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Sun Sep 25 10:52:55 SAST 2016

DA berated for grave dig

Sipho Masombuka | 11 February, 2016 00:58
But municipality spokesman Selby Bokaba said grave site valuables had been removed and stored to make way for the installation of irrigation pipes and to lay lawn. File photo
Image by: CRV Media via YouTube

The City of Tshwane has berated the DA's Lex Middelberg for "callously" stirring up emotions to "score cheap political points" by claiming the municipality has desecrated 600 graves in Pretoria East Cemetery.

Middelberg said yesterday workers had obliterated graves, damaged a number of tombstones and destroyed or removed some tombstones and shrines, adding that the DA had opened a criminal case.

But municipality spokesman Selby Bokaba said grave site valuables had been removed and stored to make way for the installation of irrigation pipes and to lay lawn. They would be returned when the work was completed.

"I challenge the DA to prove their claim and show us one grave that has been destroyed. We understand it is an election season but using something as sacrosanct as graves and shrines to garner votes borders on insanity," he said.

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