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.