Very mysterious midgets

2017-04-05 06:03
Siphuxolo Ngqasa, spokesperson for the KZN National Botanical Gardens, looks for evidence of ‘tiny people’ at KZN National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg.PHOTO: ian carbutt

Siphuxolo Ngqasa, spokesperson for the KZN National Botanical Gardens, looks for evidence of ‘tiny people’ at KZN National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg.PHOTO: ian carbutt

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IN an international exclusive,the Weekend Witness has revealed the results of a ground-breaking investigation it has been working on in conjunction with the University of Magum Stultum in the UK.

The results have shown there is evidence that strange humanoid “small folk”, no taller than 18cm, used to inhabit areas around the Midlands.

A top-secret investigation has been ongoing for the past two years and has involved representatives of the university.

According to Professor Irma Nutt, who is the academic leading the research, there have been legends regarding the existence of “small folk” in the Midlands in some circles since the 1800s.

“These have been hushed, for two reasons - many who believed in their existence feared that if others got to know of this, the small folk could be harmed by superstitious residents.

“Others feared being ridiculed, or declared insane. Back then it did not take much to be declared mad, which could lead to incarceration in one of those terrible asylums back then for life.”

The research has revealed that a small group of Zulu people, who lived where Pietermaritzburg was later founded discovered that the humanoids existed through their children.

The story has it that the existence of the small folk was discovered after a family’s dog caught one in its mouth.

The dog trotted up to a child who saw what was in its mouth.

“The child called its parent who took the humanoid creature away from the dog, but it was badly injured. The shocked woman tried to treat the humanoid with the help of herbs, aided by her mother, but it died and was buried.”

The study was sparked by the discovery of a journal belonging to Ivy Smythe, who wrote that a local woman had told her about the existence of the “small folk”.

Smythe was fascinated and went to meet the woman whose child had brought the creature to her. She drew diagrams as instructed by the woman and wrote everything down, said Nutt.

Then, while workers were digging in the gardens two years ago, they came across some interesting bones.

Siphuxolo Ngqasa, the spokesperson for the KZN National Botanical Gardens, said they soon realised that these bones did not belong to an animal that inhabited the area.

“We called in an expert, who was equally puzzled and he took photos of the bones and sent them to an expert overseas.”

After a delegation from the university visited the gardens, and did some digging of their own, they confirmed that the delicate bones were indeed unlike anything seen before.

Ngqasa said there had over the years been reports of sightings of strange creatures in the gardens.

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