Horror at Umlazi cemetery: Head stolen from corpse

An unusual discovery has sent shockwaves through Durban’s Umlazi community after the head of a corpse was stolen from a cemetery. The incident, which occurred at the Umlazi Cemetery on Friday, has left authorities and residents alike horrified and baffled.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda, the gruesome discovery was made by a security guard who was patrolling the cemetery on Saturday morning. The guard noticed that one of the graves had been disturbed, with the coffin exposed and the head of the deceased missing.

The deceased, identified as 60-year-old Xolani Ngubane, was laid to rest just three weeks ago. His family is now devastated by the desecration of his grave and the theft of his remains.

“We are heartbroken and cannot believe that someone would do something so evil,” said Ngubane’s widow, Thembi. “My husband deserves to rest in peace, and this has shattered that peace.”

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, but no arrests have been made yet. Detectives are working to determine the motive behind the theft and identify the person or persons responsible.

Community members have expressed outrage over the incident, calling it an act of utter disrespect and inhumanity. Residents are concerned about the security of the cemetery and fear that similar incidents could occur in the future.

“This is not just an attack on a corpse, but on the entire community,” said local resident Sihle Mthembu. “We need to know that our loved ones are safe and respected even in death.”

The Umlazi Cemetery is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Durban. It is a burial ground for thousands of people, including prominent community leaders and those killed in the apartheid era. The theft of Ngubane’s head has shaken the trust of the community in the sanctity of the cemetery.

Police have appealed to the public for any information that could lead to the apprehension of the perpetrators. Authorities have also urged community members to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities at cemeteries or other public spaces.

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