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23 Jul 2017

Drama As Drug Addicts Invade Cemeteries, Steal And Smoke Human Ashes To Get High

South African drug addicts who have allegedly resorted to a strange method of getting high are suspected of stealing ashes from a cemetery to be smoked, Sowetan Live news reports.

An employee at Mooifontein Cemetery in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said more than 50 memorials have been vandalized by the drug addicts to steal the ashes

He said the theft has been going on for some time and it was difficult to keep out the thugs who gain access to the graveyard through holes in the fence where people went in and out as they pleased.

''Drug addicts vandalize these things because they smoke the ashes. We man the gate but do not carry out patrols in the cemetery," the man said.

When the cemetery was visited by the Sowetan Live news, empty wooden containers used to store ashes where all that were left of some compartments, with memorial stones bearing the names of the deceased missing. Some were still intact, though.

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