A BLOCKED drain has been pumping raw sewage into the Vosloorus Cemetery since Thursday.
People fear the graveyard is sinking and that coffins and skeletons will soon appear on the surface.
Phamela Malope (45) said:“The graveyard is where we connect with our late loved ones.
“In our culture, those who have died may have gone, but their spirits live with us. How can I talk to my late father at the grave when there is shit next to me?”
Concerned resident Abram Mbele said: “I went to clean my late father’s grave and I was shocked to see a burst drain pipe in the cemetery and sinking graves. It was difficult to reach my father’s grave because of the wet soil,” he said.
Khabonina Malaza (43) said the Metro must fix the problem before it gets worse.
“Our ancestors should be resting in peace, not with shit around them.
“The next thing we will see are the bones of dead people floating above the ground.
“This will affect people who come to perform traditional rituals in the graveyard.”
Ekurhuleni spokesman Mandlakazi Mpahlwa-Sigcawu said when she visited the cemetery site on Monday afternoon, there was no evidence of a blocked sewer.
But a municipal cemetery worker said on Friday there was sewer spillage in the cemetery.
“The suspicion is that of the rain on Thursday, the plant became full to capacity and pushed the sewage over into the cemetery, and once the rain had stopped the situation went back to normal.
“The last time we had a complaint about sewer blockage at the cemetery was on 14 November and a council maintenance team cleared the blockage immediately after it was reported,” he said.