‘I think I saw an alien too’

2009-05-08 00:00

The unusual sight of an extraordinarily bright light hanging in the sky and then disappearing in an explosion of light has baffled a local man.

The 39-year-old man, who will be referred to only as Du Toit as he asked Weekend Witness not to print his first name for fear of becoming a “laughing stock”, said the incident took place recently at Bisley Nature Reserve where he lives.

“This is not a publicity stunt,” the machine operator insisted when he agreed to be interviewed. He said he has been waiting for the opportunity to tell his tale, but was unsure how he would be received. When he saw the report in last week’s Weekend Witness about the alien-like figure spotted on the N3, he decided to come forward.

Du Toit said the incident took place on a Saturday in March, when he was seeing a guest out of the reserve.

“I went down with him in his car to the gate, which I had to unlock to let him out. I planned to walk back to the farmhouse after, so I took my torch with me; it’s a very strong luminous torch.”

Du Toit said he switched on the bright torch so he could see to release the padlock on the gate. His friend then drove off and he locked the gate and set off home.

“After I had walked about 15 metres, something attracted my attention in the sky. I looked up and saw a bright star-like object, very close in the sky, standing dead still. It was awesome … It was not a star. Stars flicker. This object did not.”

He is adamant that it was not an aeroplane, or a satellite.

Being quite close to home, Du Toit decided to go home so he could point the object out to his fiancée. “I hadn’t walked even three metres, when this huge, but silent, flash went off. Like a super-strong camera flash, which lit the whole area up brightly.”

The silent explosion half blinded him at first and when he looked up, the bright light had vanished.

“I was overcome by the strangest feeling. I set off home … thinking to myself, if I don’t get out of here fast, something bad might happen.”

Du Toit reached home and locked all the doors and closed the windows. Initially, he did not tell his fiancée why he was so keen to secure the house.

He said his father, who lives in the Eastern Cape, later told him something similar had happened there and was featured in a local community newspaper.

So what did Du Toit see that night? Could it have been an alien craft?

Whatever Du Toit saw, one thing is certain. The experience has shaken the man and left him wondering if there is more on heaven and earth than he believed.

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