Molepolole's Ga Ranta cemetery in bad state

Grave at Ga Ranta Cemetery PIC. KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Grave at Ga Ranta Cemetery PIC. KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Residents of Molepolole are distraught by collapsing graves at the Ga Ranta burial grounds, which is one of the biggest cemeteries in the village. The cemetery, which is widely used by Bakwena for burial of loved ones, is in a sorry state as The Monitor can attest.

Some graves have collapsed and even new ones are showing signs they would soon cave in. The fence for the burial site is old while some collapsed graves are covered with small trees so that no one could not see the inside of the grave and some tombstones have fallen. Village Development Committee (VDC) chairperson for Boribamo West, Maria Toise admits that the graves are collapsing. “They are caving in, and some birds or small animals make their way in by digging a hole in the grave,” she says. “The fence at the cemetery is old, therefore goats and cows also make their way through and do contribute to making the situation worse. If this situation is not addressed, we will find some coffins exposed one day.” Toise is also given sleepless nights by failure of some family members of the bereaved to take care of the graves of their loved ones after burial. “Jaaka hela le bona mabitla a mangwe a masha mme ga a tsaya nako go wela. Go nale merafe e mengwe e senkeng e tlhola gore go diragalang ka mabitla a batho ba bone.

A mangwe ga re itse gore go epile diphologolo kana jang. A mangwe mabitla ekare ne go tabolwa mebu ya teng. Tota re tshwenyegile ka go wela ga mabitla a.” Toise explains the VDC has engaged Ipelegeng workers to try clean and cover the graves that are in bad state.

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