Cape Town - The widow of the late struggle stalwart Christmas “Com T” Tinto is furious after vandals smashed his tombstone - and it’s not the first time his grave has been desecrated.
Vandals broke into the Gugulethu cemetery, where he was buried more than a decade ago, and not only smashed the tombstone, but also made off with the fencing that was erected around it after the grave was first desecrated in December last year.
His widow, Bulelwa Tinto, is furious, not just because the shattered tombstone is an insult to Tinto’s legacy, or that she will have to pay R18 000 to replace it, but because she says she is not the only person who has become a victim of vandals in the area.
“It’s happening to everyone,” Bulelwa Tinto told the Cape Argus. “They are walking in, stealing and destroying what they want.”
In 2005, Tinto was buried in the NY5 Gugulethu cemetery after a colourful funeral service and celebration of his life at the nearby sports complex. Hundreds of mourners arrived to pay their last respects, dancing and singing Struggle songs as MECs praised Tinto.