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Sangomas and false prophets

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Sangomas and false prophets
Sangomas and false prophets

Last Friday morning, Voice cartoonist, Lesole Ntshole boarded a taxi from Mafenyatla Mall to the bus rank in Molepolole when he overheard a conversation between passengers about a child that recently disappeared in what was believed to have been a ritual murder.

SHORT-HAIRED LADY: I don’t know why Bakwena still believe in ritual murder.

Just barely a year ago, some people were arrested for the murder of a young girl.

Now another child has disappeared. I believe Molepolole needs some prayers.

LADY IN BLUE SHORTS: I was in Lekgwapeng yesterday.

When I arrived, people had thrown stones, and destroyed the property of a man suspected to have abducted the child.

DRIVER: I heard that after the child disappeared, the family reported the matter to the police.

The police are said to have then advised them to seek help from a traditional doctor to help them locate the child.

The family then consulted a Sangoma who told them the child had been abducted by a neighbour.

SHORT-HAIRED LADY: Something fails to add up here.

How does a responsible father to go fetch wood with a child, and claim the child got lost in the bush?

I guess the father knows what happened to the child.

LADY IN BLUE SHORTS: It’s something that I’ve been thinking too.

I have a suspicion that the father might have sold the child for ritual purposes.

SHORT-HAIRED LADY: Money can sometimes cloud the way people think.

You might find that the poor guy sold the child for a mere P3000 cash broken into to P20 banknotes and made to believe it was a lot of money.

DRIVER: The police made a mistake by advising the family to seek help from a traditional doctor when they reported the missing child.

They should have launched a search. Traditional doctors are liars.

They’re not scared to tell you that your mother is bewitching you.

If a mother was able to give birth to you, why would she do that?

The conversation ends as the short-haired lady disembarks from the taxi near Shoppers Supermarket.