Place of legend has become a dump site

2017-07-19 06:01
These rubbish dumpers need to be prosecuted - the photo taken two weeks ago shows how the historic Kop is rapidly becoming a rubbish dumping ground.

These rubbish dumpers need to be prosecuted - the photo taken two weeks ago shows how the historic Kop is rapidly becoming a rubbish dumping ground.

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“ON a clear day you can see forever.” The thousands and thousands of people who have visited “the Kop” outside Kranskop can vouch for that .

The massive red sandstone peak is known as Ntunjambili — “Itshe lika Ntunjambili” — the rock with two holes — although now only one of the holes remains.

The impressive rounded cliff face looms 1175 m up over the valley with the Tugela River down below.

There are several legends relating to the Kop.

In the days before Shaka a tribe living in the valley were said to have been eaten by cannibals from Msinga who had come to the area during a drought in search of food.

However, the Chief’s son and his bride knew the secret on how to open the rock of two arches though singing a special song. This song caused the whole Kop to split in half opening a way through the rock mass to a normally inaccessible cave on the north side.

The couple just snuck out for water and provisions, the frustrated cannibals kept watch; heard the song and opened the Kop themselves to catch and eat the young couple.

It was said that the cannibals lived on the peak and had the power to open the mountain and entice the unsuspecting inside.

Another legend is that when the mist comes down, a spirit is heard calling.

This is said to attract children — but if they do go there they are never seen again.

In a similar vein it was claimed that local maidens, who grew tired of carrying water up from the river to the kraal, used to murmur “iTshe lika Ntumjambili — let me come into your house”.

A giant cavern in the mountain would open and allow them to enter what seemed to be a wonderland.

But it always turned into a prison from which there was no escape, and the sobbing of the maidens may still be heard occasionally on a quiet day, lingering around the face of the precipice like a sigh.

The first European to ever climb the peak was Captain A.M Montgomery of the Royal Fusiliers, during the Anglo-Zulu War.

The Zulus who believed the Kop was unconquerable were horrified when the Captain set fire to the vegetation on the summit ad clouds of smoke could be seen for miles.

Legend has it that the Captain left his shirt tied to a tree to prove he had climbed to the top.

The Kop has so much local tradition and history associated with it .

It is hope that the powers that be will take action against those who are using the Kop as their own personal rubbish dumping ground — as can be seen in the photograph.

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