Khoi San activists interdicted over exhumation bid
Publish date: 13 November 2017
Issue Number: 751
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa
The Western Cape High Court has granted the Anglican Bishop of Cape Town an interdict against Khoi San activists who want to stop the exhumation of the remains of 3 000 people in an Athlone cemetery, notes Rapport. The Anglican Church wants to sell the land for development and denies that the remains could be as old as the activists claim. The court also ordered the activists not to exhume any remains themselves or to enter the cemetery, which was opened in 1918 following a Spanish flu outbreak. According to the church, the cemetery was used until 1925 by the St Paul’s congregation and the last funeral was held in 1952. The church conducted a public consultation process about development on the land proposing low-cost housing, luxury apartments or a filling station.