Rhodes is buried at a site he chose, known as World's View, in the Matopos Hills, half-an-hour's drive south of Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo. His grave is a major tourist attraction in one of the poorest parts of Zimbabwe.
"We strongly support what is happening in South Africa. We cannot stand seeing whites coming from abroad every day to honour and conduct rituals before their ancestor who is buried on our own land," said Zweli Malinga, an official with the ruling Zanu PF party in Bulawayo.
Three years ago, Mr Mugabe blocked war veterans from disinterring Rhodes and sending his bones back to England, arguing that the grave was an important reminder of history. Rhodes, originally from Hertfordshire, made a fortune mining diamonds in South Africa before moving north to establish Rhodesia.
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