Joe Mafela's 6-ton tombstone temporarily removed
The tombstone for late actor Joe Mafela has been temporarily removed so that the concrete can "settle."
Images of the actor's grave with a simple slab of concrete instead of the lavish lounge ensemble have gone viral, leading to speculation that grave robbers somehow managed to steal it.
— Daily Sun (@dailysunsa) March 30, 2017
However, Bataung Memorials, the makers of the tombstone have confirmed that it is standard procedure to have the stone removed so that the "concrete can settle."
"We unveiled the stone yesterday for the funeral and so it can be blessed. But it's a heavy stone - 6 tons. The worst thing that could happen is that the stone sinks into the concrete. So we have it removed so it can all settle," said the company's Lebohang Khitsane.
Would grave robbers be able to steal it?
"No. You need a crane. That thing is 6 tons. It's massive. You can just lift it," he said.
The lavish stone attracted much talk on social media after it was unveiled at the Westpark Cemetery on Wednesday.
Joe Mafela’s flashy tombstone cost 'hundreds of thousands of rand' TshisaLIVE can reveal that Joe Mafela's family forked out “hundreds of thousands of rand” to ensure the actor's 'flashy' tombstone embodied the life he lived.
The massive granite structure has a couch, coffee table and TV said to resemble Joe in South African's homes.