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Madala Dan Mashao died and was laid to rest with the whole community mourning with his family.

A month later madala’s body has disappeared and what remains is an open grave, empty coffin and even the clothes madala wore going to rest suggesting that only his naked body was stolen.

The discovery was made by a cattle herder when his herd strayed onto the grave area and upon following them he came face to face with the wide open empty coffin.

The villager went and reported to the headman who alerted the police. The Mashao family accompanied the police to the grave and could not believe their eyes when they saw the empty coffin and the open grave. The men dug further into the grave hoping they would find madala’s body all was in vain.

“This means my uncle’s body was taken naked” said Thandi, Dan’s niece. She said never had something like this happened in their community and suspected it had something to do with witchcraft.

“My uncle was a peaceful man. He didn’t have any enemies and was loved in this community” she explained.

“My uncle should be resting in peace . We plead with anyone who might know anything about this to contact Seshego police”

A case of theft of corpse and violation of a grave have been registered at the police, no arrests have been made and investigations are underway.

Warrant Officer Mothemane Malefo speaking for the police appealed for information

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