May 28, 2024

Senakwe – Community turns to traditional ways to find missing human remains

Modike Philemon Masedi
The late Modike Philemon Masedi’s grave


The Community of Senakwe in Bolobedu, outside Tzaneen has resorted to traditional healers to help find the missing human remains of Modike Philemon Masedi. Masedi was buried in January last year, at Senakwe graveyards, and his family shockingly discovered that his remains were stolen from his grave.

The incident was discovered by a family member on Monday after she visited the grave site to clean as they were preparing for the unveiling of his tombstone.

She alleged that upon her arrival she found that bricks from her brother’s grave were removed from the grave and when she further checked in the grave, and she discovered that the coffin was opened, and she then called the other family members to notify them about the matter.

They then summoned the police to the scene, who attended the scene and found that the corpse was also not in the coffin.

Following this devastating news, the community alongside the police and K9 unit began the search for the missing human remains of the late Modike Masedi on Tuesday; however, the search did not yield any outcome and the community had since turned to traditional ways to find the missing human remains as each household was requested to contribute R10 to raise consultation fee funds.

Furthermore, the community had tasked delegates to accompany the family to a sangoma and the findings of the sangoma are expected to be announced tomorrow.