THE wrong tombstone was put on their brother’s grave.The Nxumalo sisters are worried and sad. They want to honour their brother Alpheus Nxumalo with a tombstone, but they can’t.This is because a tombstone has already been erected on his grave.The tombstone is not his. The sisters were very sad and disappointed when they went to the graveyard in May to do an unveiling, only to find the name on the tombstone was not their brother’s name.One of the sisters, Regina Nxumalo (58), said she hasn’t been resting easily since May. “I was disappointed and still am. We’ve been trying to trace the family of this person for months without any luck.”Alpheus died in 1999, but written on the tombstone is: “Ben Sebokamaga Mashabela, who died on 28 September 2001.”The tombstone also indicates that it was erected by a company called Hugo Memorial Tombstones, which the sisters are unable to trace.“We’ve spent a lot of time and money searching for this company, but can’t find it,” said Regina.The family had planned to do unveilings for six of their family members on the same day, but were disappointed.According to Regina, they had spent R7 000 to buy the tombstone.Alpheus’ other sister, Constance Nxumalo (68), said: “I feel like we’re failing our brother because we’ve done unveilings for other family members.”She told Daily Sun that they asked some family members to help locate Ben’s family, but they are also failing. “We can’t give up, but this is tiring. We have been searching. I hope this article will be seen by the right people so we can get help,” she said. Ekurhuleni spokesman, Themba Gadebe said he was not aware of this matter.“We will lodge an investigation and will get back to the family.”
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