Shocking matter when people steal a whole tombstone straight from the graveyard.
In a rather bizarre development, daring thieves are alleged to have desecrated the grave of Gertrude Mapuranga at the Unit L cemetery in Seke.
According to reports reaching iHarare, the thieves stole the tombstone from Gertrude’s grave and left the headstone only.
Mapuranga family spokesperson Mike Bhauleni confirmed the development. He said they were shocked to learn of the desecration of Gertrude’s grave when they visited her grave recently.
Bhauleni said it was devastating that someone has the nerve to temper with Gertrude’s grave.
As the economic situation worsens and covid-19 woes bite, desperate thieves are now targeting tombstones, headstones, and ornaments at graveyards. The thieves are alleged to be conniving with caretakers to rob from the dead. The thieves sell the granite stones to tombstone sculptors who revamp them and resell them to unsuspecting customers.
Tombstone prices range from US$400 to over US$2 000 depending on the size and design
Incidences of graves getting desecrated have been on the rise, recently in a bizarre incident, three graves in Dinde, Hwange District were desecrated. Gaping holes were found on the “head” side of the graves at a community cemetery.
In one of the graves, the tombstone was dug about a metre into the ground resulting in it breaking in part. Residents in Katambe Village claim that they found sweets buried with the soil that was dug up in that grave.
Dinde Residents Association secretary Barnabas Dube who confirmed the strange incident said circumstances surrounding the incident still remained a mystery but they suspected witchcraft.