Cemetery workers dig up human remainsBy: LUQMAN CLOETE
WORKERS hired by the Keetmanshoop Municipality yesterday excavated human remains which appeared to have once been buried in a casket as they were digging up fresh graves at the town’s cemetery.
The site where the human remains were dug up was previously de-proclaimed as a parking lot.
Residents knowledgeable about the town’s history yesterday indicated that people were buried at the site in question some 60 years back before it was de-proclaimed as a parking lot.
Recently the parking lot was again re-proclaimed as a cemetery, said local councillor Willie Kotze.
“There is nothing strange in the human remains discovery. History is just repeating itself,” Kotze remarked.
Conflicting accounts were given on the ethnicity of the people that were then buried there.
Kotze insisted that “whites” were buried at the site, while another resident Willie Bezuidenhout claimed it was the graveyard of the Nama people.
“The whites have taken that land from the Namas to establish a parking lot for their cemetery, and had re-buried the human remains of those who were buried there at a new location,” Bezuidenhout said.