Graves vandalised in capital

WINDHOEK: The City of Windhoek urged the public to refrain from vandalising graves and to respect the dead.

Speaking during a media briefing here on Wednesday, the City’s Manager for Corporate Communications, Marketing, Tourism and Customer Care, Joshua Amukugo said three graves were recently vandalised – two in the Khomasdal cemetery and one in the Pioneerspark cemetery.

“The City has noted with serious concern the continuous vandalism of the City’s facilities, including the recent destruction of graves,” he stated.

Amukugo said graves are regarded as memory sites for family and friends of deceased persons for generations to come.

When these sites are vandalised, it is very traumatic and painful, not only to the relatives of the deceased, but to all ‘normal-thinking people’ and to the City in particular since it is the municipality’s responsibility to take care of these facilities for the benefit of all residents.

The City has thus put security measures in place by contracting security guards at all cemeteries in the city.

However, “it is most unfortunate that the sites are very big for one to keep an eye on.

We vow to ensure and apply tight security of all forms in order to deter those who are committing such deeds,” he stressed.

SOURCE: NAMPA