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Police investigating a case of violation of a grave


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE- The Police at Mokwakwaila in the Mopani District have launched an investigation of violation of grave and theft of the corpse after the body of the deceased was dug out of the grave and stolen by unknown suspect(s) at Senakwe Section in Mokwakwaila policing area.

One of the family members had on Sunday, 05 February 2023, reportedly gone to the cemetery to clean the gravesite in preparation for the upcoming gathering of unveiling of the tombstone, when she discovered that the grave was dug open and the corpse stolen. She then alerted family members and Police were also notified.

The Police, upon arriving at the scene, discovered an open coffin with no corpse inside.

A Preliminary probe conducted at the scene established that the suspect(s) accessed the graveyard by cutting the side fence. They then dug a hole next to the grave to gain access to the coffin and stole the corpse.

Modike Philemon Masedi whose body was stolen, reportedly died on 15 January 2022 and was buried seven days later on 22 January 2022. The motive for this incident is unknown at this stage.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has expressed shock at what happened at the said graveyard and has ordered that the perpetrator(s) be hunted down and brought to book.

"We call on community members in the area to respect the unfolding investigations conducted by the police and desist from pointing fingers as these often play into instigators of vigilantism in which people take the law into their own hands," concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Cases of violation of grave and theft were opened. Anyone with information that can assist in this investigation may contact Detective Commander Warrant Officer Nthai Modjadji on 060 996 0062 or 015 386 9940 or Crime Stop 08600 10111. Alternatively, they can visit nearest police station or use MySAPS App.


Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo
082 876 6429



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