PAULINA Ngidi (63) was shocked when she discovered her daughter’s tombstone had been vandalised.
The gogo from Braamfischerville in Soweto told Daily Sun she had gone to clean her late daughter’s grave at Joe Slovo Cemetery and found that the slab was missing.
Her daughter Zandile died in May 2017 and she last visited the grave in June.
“I can’t sleep at night. I fear my daughter might not be resting in peace,” she said.
“I want to see the people who vandalised the grave brought to justice.”
Cultural expert Siyabonga Zuma told Daily Sun the culprits were disturbing the souls of the dead.
He advised the Ngidi family to open a case with their local cop shop. Sangoma Sphiwe Mahlaba said Zandile’s spirit was not at peace.
“That’s dangerous for people who damaged the tombstone.”
He said it was important for people to respect the dead as their spirits wouldn’t rest if their graves were damaged.
Tombstone maker Tsakane Maluleke said robbers stole headstones and sold them to funeral parlours.
“I don’t work with criminals as I might end up in jail.”
Reggie Moloi, manager of cemeteries in the City of Joburg, told Daily Sun: “Every effort is being made to patrol the cemeteries.
“This is carried out by Joburg Metro police, cops and park rangers. Vehicles are randomly searched by security officials when entering or exiting the cemeteries,” he said.