Tshwane metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said on Tuesday the grave had been refilled and the metro apologised for any inconvenience caused, Rekord North reported.
He said the metro’s urban management division investigated and found a reburial would have taken place next to the grave in question.
“The gravediggers opened the wrong grave since the surnames are very similar. When they realised their mistake they immediately stopped digging. However, the refill of the grave was done at a later stage,” Mashigo added.
He said the family of grave number 88 could visit the Heatherdale metro office for the grave to be reopened to ensure nothing else besides the top soil had been fiddled with.
Magda Simpson, a resident, said she visited the Heatherdale cemetery and discovered the open grave nearly two weeks ago.
“It is very disheartening that something like this could happen. I visited the grave on Monday and found it was closed. I am thankful they closed it,” she said.
– Caxton News Service