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newsSowetanLive reports that an elderly man has accused a farm owner of desecrating his family-marked graves for cattle grazing.  Former farmworker Paul Swele, 64, from Bela Bela in Limpopo, said his plea with the farmer owner to allow him to mark the graves again had been ignored.  

"I buried my two children Jan and Sinah, and granddaughter, Lydia.  All of them died when they were a year old.  When we left the farm in 2007, after it was sold, I marked the graves with bricks so that I could regularly visit and pay respect," he indicated.  Swele, from Leseding township, said he had not visited the graves for the past three years, but always took a glance at the site whenever he passed by the road.  "I was shocked last month when I saw a portion of the land where my children are sleeping [buried] cleared with a grader.  When I confronted the farmer, he told me he didn't know that there were graves on the site, and I should produce proof.  Swele said he had since reported the matter to the police, who confirmed that a case of violation of graves was being investigated.  Farm owner Paul Vuuren said he was willing to help the family, but this had become a police matter.  "First we need to be sure if there are indeed graves there, then I could assist in marking the graves and erecting tombstones," he indicated.

  • Read the full original of this report by Peter Ramothwala at SowetanLive


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