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  • WATCH: Gravesites disappear into the ground due to recent rains

    WATCH: Gravesites disappear into the ground due to recent rains

    Gravesites have sunken into the ground due to the heavy rain at the weekend. This has left the Khutsong Cemetery and the Waterfall Cemetery with swallowed graves, littered with broken tombstones.


    The heavy rains at the weekend have left the Khutsong Cemetery a landscape of sunken gravesites.

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Merafong conducted an oversight inspection at the cemetery in Merafong City. This comes after residents alerted the party to the sinkhole formations, said DA Gauteng’s Merafong constituency head Ina Cilliers.

    “Broken and fallen-over gravestones are littered everywhere, shattered the legacies of the persons they represent.”

    Ina Cilliers

    Cilliers says being present at the site is a risk to danger as the sinkhole formation is unpredictable. These may cause innocent bystanders to get injured, she said.

    “We are deeply concerned that without immediate intervention, families will not be able to safeguard the remains of their family members,” said Cilliers.

    Gravesites at Khutsong Cemetery are disappearing into sinkholes. PHOTO: Democratic Alliance

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    But the area is known to have a historic problem when it comes to sinkholes, said Cilliers.

    “Even though this area has been declared a disaster and more than a hundred million rands have been allocated to recovery, residents are still suffering loss and damage daily. The situation at this cemetery is adding insult to injury for this community,” said Cilliers.

    She says the current state of gravesites is causing deep pain and suffering for the families of those buried at the cemetery.

    Cilliers says the situation has been formally escalated to the municipality. They received assurance from the responsible manager that action will be taken, she said.

    “We are deeply concerned that without immediate intervention, families will not be able to safeguard the remains of their family members. The DA will be monitoring this situation closely, and we will provide feedback to the affected families.”

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    The Waterfall Cemetery in Midrand is also experiencing gravesites being swallowed into the ground. PHOTO: Facebook/Debbie Hadebe

    According to posts on social media, the Waterfall Cemetery in Midrand is under similar conditions.

    A video posted on Facebook shows grave sites slightly swallowed into the ground.

    Gravesites at the Waterfall Cemetery in Midrand have also been swallowed due to the weekend rains. VIDEO: Facebook/Debbie Hadebe

    “I was in pain seeing that on Saturday,” commented Moipone Setshedi to the video.

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