National 18.8.2016 09:31 am

Residents fed up with nyaope cemetery vandals

Several graves, headstones and ornaments have been damaged at Mabopane cemetery.

Several graves, headstones and ornaments have been damaged at Mabopane cemetery.

Several graves, headstones and ornaments have been damaged at the Mabopane cemetery.

Mabopane residents in Tshwane have had enough of the nyaope boys who smoke the drug at Mabopane cemetery, Pretoria North Rekord reports.

Obed Rabapane from Mabopane U Extension 1 told Rekord the residents were angry that several graves, headstones and ornaments have been damaged at the cemetery.

He said they had noticed an increase in the number of headstones being desecrated at the cemetery over the past few weeks.

“I have to question the people’s mentality, their status in society and their upbringing,” said Rabapane.

“They are the lowest human beings we have in society. I’d call them scumbags.”

Rabapane said it appeared the vandals had pushed over the gravestones or used tools to remove them from bases.

“I just can’t believe these kinds of people exist,” he said.

“This is supposed to be a place of respect. It is just terrible. What joy could they possibly get out of destroying this?”

Police spokesperson Constable Petunia Chabangu recently warned residents to be on the lookout for criminals hiding in the cemetery.

Chabangu said police were investigating cases in which people had been robbed or had their cars broken into.

“Criminals hide in the unkempt graveyard and target people coming to lay wreaths, clean the graves or bury their loved ones.

“They break into cars and steal valuables such as handbags, cellphones and other property,” Chabangu added.

Police were following up on the information and hope to arrest the responsible people soon.

According to Chabangu, the search for the criminals was hampered by bushes in the graveyard, He appealed to visitors to pay attention to their surroundings.

“People must beware where they park their cars.”

Most of the crimes were reported during the week.

– Caxton News Service.

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