Understanding our culture

2013-11-07 00:00

WHEN my editor, Andrew Trench, raised in his editor’s column recently the challenge of reporting on the complexities of our society that includes practices like ukuthakatha (witchcraft) or mthakathi (wizard), I felt I had to respond.

When things are not going well in your family or work life, an African traditionalist will say “Ufulathelwe abaphansi ”, which roughly translates to “the ancestors have turned their back on you”.

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