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Community fury as drug users invade cemetery

A community is up in arms against drug users who have invaded a local cemetery. 

Residents in nearby Gardner Circle alerted the South End Neighbourhood Watch, who went to investigate with a private security firm.

Emile Hallenby, who chairs the organisation, said this week they were shocked by what they had discovered.

“We found three men and a woman inside the crypt smoking buttons [Mandrax]. They had broken a hole through the brickwork to get in.

“Goodness knows where the remains are now of the people who were once laid to rest here,” Hallenby said.

“It just shows a lack of care and disrespect in my view from the people we found there, and even more so from the authorities who should be taking care of this place.

“When we discovered the guys there we got them to move on, but it’s clear from the new debris that they’ve been back.”

The Weekend Post team clambered down into the crypt and found a broken chair, sleeping gear and a TV remote control seemingly left over from a past robbery.

Two chipped and filthy tombstones leant against the wall with barely legible inscriptions commemorating the death of a member of the Estes family in 1876, and of the Tee family in 1861.

Hallenby said a short walk around the cemetery showed most buried there were originally of British stock.

Source: https://www.heraldlive.co.za/weekend-post/your-weekend/2022-05-21-historic-st-marys-desecrated-as-drug-users-smoke-among-the-dead/

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