Residents in Athlone have started a petition against the exhumation of the remains of 2 500 people buried at Black River cemetery in Athlone.
The land belongs to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa that plans to have the land re-developed once the process is complete.
Bishop Garth Counsell, Anglican Bishop of Table Bay says the decision came after residents complained about the state of the cemetery that the church agrees is unsafe.
He says the church has organised a safer place where the remains will be kept as a way of showing respect to the dead.
He says the intention is not to profit out of this process but to have the land cleared as the church cannot maintain it as it is.
This has not being motivated by the church wishing to create a development or selling the property in order to gain some income.— Bishop Garth Counsell, Anglican Bishop of Table Bay
The motivation has been from regular appeals and complaints form residents about the state of disrepair of the cemetery.— Bishop Garth Counsell, Anglican Bishop of Table Bay
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