The Port Shepstone Muthu Mariamman Kovil that dates back to 1915 was demolished by the landowner who recently acquired the land. A case has been opened in an attempt to secure artefacts that now remain scattered in rubble on the plot of land in Port Shepstone, on the KwaZulu Natal south coast.
According to Vanessa Pillay, who is a descendant of the original founder of the Muthu Mariamman Kovil, the 105-year-old temple was destroyed by the current owner a few weeks ago. Pillay says her grandparents built the temple and they will fight to ensure their legacy lives on.
It was after her grandfather’s death in 1952, her grandmother was robbed of her rights to the land. Sixty-three years ago, the temple was moved to the location in Umbango, listen to the SABC Newsbreak podcast here,
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Source: Newsbreak Lotus
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