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Historical gravesites refurbished after being vandalised

Monday 17 September 2012 18:06

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Historical gravesites are being put back together afterr being desecrated by vandals

Historical gravesites are being put back together after being desecrated by vandals(SABC)

The gravesites of those who perished in concentration camps, during the South African War of 1899 to 1901, have been desecrated.

 

The Heritage Council has, however stepped in to repair these graves. Gravesites at 70 cemeteries across the country are being restored.

 

Grave stones are knocked over, damaged or vandalized although it is not a lost cause. At the President Brand cemetery in Bloemfontein, 30 grave stones have already been restored.

 

“We ensure that all the grave stones that were vandalised are fixed so that the area is neat,” says Willie Engelbrecht of the Heritage Foundation, in the Free State and the Northern Cape.

 

Some of the damage is due to vandalism and metal from the graves have also been stolen and sold to scrap yards. A lack of security means easy access to the cemeteries.

 

About 20 grave stones have been restored at the Memoriam cemetery in Bloemfontein and a hundred crosses have also been erected to honour those who died in the Bloemfontein Concentration camp.

 

Engelbrecht says that they have two teams that travel all over South Africa. He says they also involve people from different towns in the project.

 

The restorers will next travel to the gravesites of those who perished in the Bethulie concentration camp.

 

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