Satanism fears hit Ceres Valley

2012-02-25 17:12

Residents of Ceres are panicking over rumours that a Satanic “church” is to be formed there.

Police are investigating and the Western Cape education department has offered to send councillors to the fertile Ceres Valley.

Religious leaders are so alarmed by the rumours that they have held special prayer services.

Schools have sent letters to parents warning that some children at both primary and high schools are already involved in Satanic rituals.

Chain letters asking for prayers for the FD Conradie Primary School at neighbouring Prince Alfred Hamlet are also doing the rounds on social networks.

On Wednesday a service was held for pupils and parents by Father Jonathin Pieterse in the St Matthew’s Anglican Church in the suburb of Bella Vista.

Residents say some children already have “Satanic signs” on their bodies. In the past fortnight, residents say, two dead cats were found – evidence, they suggest, of Satanic rituals.

One of the letters from a local school tells parents that “March and April are the time when the Satanic church makes sacrifices”.

Pastor Kevin Burden of the Family Worship Centre in Ceres told City Press: “The problem is very serious.”

He and a prayer team are currently instructing parents and teachers how to deal with the problem.

“I fought Satanists in the Transvaal and I have already found numerous signs, such as the hexagon, the 666 signs and the all-seeing eye here in Ceres.”

But Reverend Freddie Swart of the Ceres congregation of the Free Reformed Church said the threat of Satanism was no greater than problems like teenage pregnancies, poverty, crime and abuse of alcohol.

“Satanism in Ceres will be dealt with as part of our existing spiritual work.”

Paddy Attwell, Western Cape education department spokesperson, said the schools concerned had informed the department about the matter.

School psychologists and social workers from the Cape Winelands education offices would provide support to the schools on request, he said.

November Filander, spokes-person for the Western Cape police, said the allegations of Satanism in Ceres were being investigated. No criminal case had been opened, Filander said.

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