Falling gravestones disgrace

Tremaine van Aardt

MYSTERY surrounds the cause of toppled and broken gravestones at Port Elizabeth’s North End Cemetery, which has been attributed to vandalism, gate-crashing cows – and even the city’s notorious wind.

Residents who have relatives buried in the cemetery are upset and angry at the destruction – but have dismissed suggestions that the wind might be a culprit.

More than 100 gravestones have been torn from their foundations, littering the cemetery with expensive granite and marble structures lying both face down and belly-up next to or behind the graves.


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