South Africa

Corpse Stolen From Limpopo Grave

Police in South Africa have launched an investigation and appealed for witnesses following the theft of a corpse from a grave in the northern province of Limpopo.

A relative made the discovery on Sunday when she went to the cemetery to clean the area in preparation of the upcoming unveiling of the tombstone.

To her shock she found a gapping hole by the grave and the body of Modike Philemon Masedi missing.  The suspects accessed the graveyard by cutting the fence then dug a hole next to the grave to gain access to the coffin and stole the corpse, the police said  .

Mr Masedi reportedly died on 15 January and was buried seven days later.  “The motive for this incident is unknown at this stage,”

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, a police spokesperson, said.  Provincial police boss Thembi Hadebe has urged people in the area to “desist from pointing fingers” to avoid any form of vigilantism.

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