Marikana miners burnt sheep alive in ritual

2013-02-25 17:42

Rustenburg - A group of striking mine workers gathered near a river on a dark night to undergo a series of rituals that would make it impossible for bullets to penetrate their bodies when fired at.

This was evidence led before the Marikana Commission of Inquiry by police lawyer Ishmael Semenya during cross-examination of mine worker Siphethe Phatsha, a survivor of the shooting on 16 August that left 34 people dead.

The miners, under the supervision of a medicine man, bathed in the river, then put two sheep, one black and another white, in a fire while they were still alive.

The ashes from the fire were then rubbed into incisions made on their ears by the medicine man. To illustrate that the ritual had the required effect, bullets were fired at a box and didn’t penetrate it.

The commission is investigating the circumstances that led to the deaths of 44 people who were killed violently during a strike by rock-drill operators employed by platinum mining giant Lonmin.

Semenya said a witness, known as Mr X, was going to present the above evidence before the commission.

Different sources have alluded to the presence of a medicine man who conducted rituals on the striking mine workers, which convinced them they would be invincible.

The commission has also seen video footage and aerial photographs of naked men standing in line near the koppie, being sprinkled with a liquid substance believed to be muti. Semenya is arguing that Phatsha and his group of armed strikers had declared war against the police.

Phatsha denied any knowledge of the rituals, saying he was not present when they were conducted.

He was earlier shown a video clip of him seated among a group of armed men who were gathered at a koppie near where the shooting took place.

Semenya argued that there were two distinct groups of the striking workers, one which gathered on the koppie, and another, a militant and armed group, sat in the front.

Phatsha said there were no distinct groups, arguing that they were merely Lonmin employees who wanted money from their employer.

The hearing continues.


  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-25 17:45

    Put the SPCA on them...

      daniel.dogman.1 - 2013-02-25 18:02

      Absolute savages! No wonder Africa is in ruins.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-02-25 18:03

      Rather put them in SPCA.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-02-25 18:06

      Uneducated people always run to violence and cruelty 1st.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-25 18:16

      No disrespect intended, but how the heck will we be sorting out the challenges in our country with THIS mentality. Mr Zuma, such a pity not all the Arican people followed the "white" tendency to start walking dogs. Maybe they would have gotten rid of THIS tendency whilst learning to love their dogs!!!!!!

      stfrancisbay - 2013-02-25 18:27

      Tin Pot efrika in the news again, damn its getting embarrassing here 0_o

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-25 18:31

      Unnecessary comment Marc!

      rob.vanjou - 2013-02-25 18:46

      But probably true

      darren.raath.5 - 2013-02-25 18:57

      this is not on.they need to demand a refund from their sangoma... oh wait ,they cant because they got shot.

      john.s.borges - 2013-02-25 19:02

      Only barbarian tee dwellers believe in these rituals

      ray.priestley.79 - 2013-02-25 19:18

      Hey,their vote is worth the same as yours.

      jesibelle.krugger - 2013-02-25 20:28

      Some people (this thread included) have intimated, Christians also practice a form of 'ritual/s', but I am obliged to draw your attention to the following, There is a vast difference between people who practice RELIGIOUS FANATICISM, as is the case here (viz the case of the 'Marikana Muti Men’), as is the case with the bearded freaks that strap rows of explosives to themselves and/or their children, etc - it has nothing to do with religion, religion simply offers them a convenient proxy for their psychotic demeanour. Bona fide followers of a religion will follow a certain set of principles without invading the lives of others - it is the basic decorum of respect for others (a principle that has been lost since 1994 and more so since 2007) - and they fundamentally believe in the moral framework prescribed by a certain ‘belief-system’ - NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS. True ‘religion’ is a very private matter.

      herman.burger.5 - 2013-02-25 20:55

      @Marcdfl: You are stupid. You don't realise that these people are not killing animals instead of people. In fact they are killing animals in the barbaric belief that it will empower them to hack police and security guards to pieces with their pangas. So, the people who denounce these savage barbaric actions are not bunny hu gers. They are just civilsed.

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-25 20:55

      Oh yes we are all equal in South Africa.....??

      cecil.acker - 2013-02-26 03:55

      Nothing wrong with traditions. It's putting the love of these above rationality which is the cause of many of the ills in society.Matt 15:5-11

      celine.t.joyce - 2013-02-26 06:53

      @jesibelle.krugger what the heck are you rambling on about? So very much off the beaten track.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-26 08:22

      "Does wool burn easily?" Put on a jersey and set yourself alight, let's see.

      fakroddin.khanshaike - 2013-02-26 08:44

      Bring and braai you doing it wrong

      galef - 2013-02-26 12:23

      jesibelle.krugger- thats why im a happy Atheist..all this BS .....from all religions......and now these poor sheep ....i dont even want to think of the terrifying painful death they brings tears to my eyes

      nasheenar - 2013-02-26 14:15

      Such a cruel and savage thing to do. Now you have no pity from me. You deserve all that you have and recieve "Marikana miners". How barbaric is that?

  • Patrick Saunders - 2013-02-25 17:46

    wonder how that worked out for them. Oh, that's right...

      john.h.viljoen - 2013-02-25 18:07

      a world first,ash as a bulletproof vest

      GordonT - 2013-02-25 18:39

      Why didn't the medicine man perform the ritual on himself, and then test the gun on himself to prove it would stop bullets? (No blanks allowed, of course)

      darren.raath.5 - 2013-02-25 18:58

      what a waste of a good piece of lamb.

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:21

      Darren, the way animals are slaughtered for food is humane and happens very quick, this must have been agony beyond co prehension for these poor animals you idiot

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-25 20:29

      Gordon, they must have faith...hehe.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2013-02-25 23:39

      For whom? Oh the tenderpreneurs that got rich quick in providing all the Voodoo Hoodoo magic burned liquid or the magic rabbit pulled from out of the sheep? The Zuma ANC's education levels have certainly taken SA for a jolly little ride.

      GordonM1973 - 2013-02-26 07:46

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAH!!! That's hilarious. I was so incensed after reading this because I am so sick of this primitive thinking, but this comment made it almost OK again. At least they paid for it in the end.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-26 08:04

      Now I understand why they got what they deserved.

  • rooikop.ouma - 2013-02-25 17:52

    O noo please let somebody pay for this,why have we not heard about this before?

      prometheus.bound.12 - 2013-02-25 18:01

      Er ... I think many of them paid for it with their lives, ouma. Where have you been?

      LekkePerd - 2013-02-25 18:27

      because they have burned the heard

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-25 18:34

      Maybe the Secrecy Bill?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-25 23:33

      Please reimburse your parents for whatever they spent on your education, Kobie.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-26 08:06

      Why Kobie, were you in the Anglo Boer War or World War 2?

  • mikeangell61 - 2013-02-25 17:53

    SPCA!!!!! Where are you with Spiritual killings, Zoooma has done this before.Please protect our animals agenst Barbaric torture,

      PB - 2013-02-26 08:00

      What blows my mind, is that the MutiMan has thus far not even been a blip on the inquest's radar. He is as guilty of causing this crapshoot as Hitler was in causing the Holocaust.

      jeremy002 - 2013-02-26 10:59

      @PB, at last someone who agrees with me. At the very least the families of the deceased should be after him, and seeing that the state wants ACTUAL MEDICAL RECOGNITION for these witchdoctors, he ought to be at the very least sued for malpractice.

  • craig.s.pepper - 2013-02-25 17:53

    Cruelty to animals... I am glad the SAPS returned the favour. The only pill for stupidity is a lead pill

  • alfonso - 2013-02-25 17:53

    murderer!!!! How can one burn a leaving crature?!! Whats wrong wwith this people?????!!!!!!!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2013-02-25 17:56


      Grace Andtruth - 2013-02-25 17:59

      In Africa if your defraud anyone with eg. A house, car, bad investment etc. You get nailed... Even fraudulent doctors, plastic surgeons get nailed. BUT its OK (apparently) to be a traditional healer?????

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-25 18:34

      "Murderer" can only be used in relation to a person. It's cruelty to animals, which is also a criminal offence. Ja neh, savagery in SA, led by Zuma who also sacrificed a number of cows before Mangaung i order to cast a spell on ANC members to vote for him

  • tmakuluma - 2013-02-25 17:54

    Dumbest thing I've ever heard. I'm also Black but how da hell do u think muti will make you invincible? I hope this will deter other muti believing Black from doing this thing...

      jacobus.m.vantonder - 2013-02-26 00:44

      @tienie.... time to move on, the western world build you a car, a brick house, tar roads, get a grip you are getting left behind, muti does not work...thou, most of what you get from the doctor comes from the Amason and the African bush produce a full supply, you just need to know where to look...please move with the rest of us, we are not waiting for you..

      hcrouse - 2013-02-26 07:59

      No it won't, and you know it. Those who hear this story will simply reason that it must have been a weak sangoma, and they'll just pay more next time to become bulletproof. Let nature run its course, I say. The gene pool looks better every time this happens.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-26 08:07

      I think tienie was sarcastic.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-26 09:45

      Tienie.Mac. Leave the dark ages behind you.

  • Grace Andtruth - 2013-02-25 17:54

    I hope the SPCA lays charges!!! Barbaric savages!!! They in turn can lay charges on the 'mutiman' that suggested it! The 'Mutiman' MUST also face the consequences since we are forced to accept their sick notes at work!

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-02-25 17:55


  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-02-25 17:57

    Barbarians. Why did they have to protect themselves if they were not planning a confrontation?

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-02-25 17:57

    F..k me but this crap has to stop. Only the other day some chap was cutting some kids bollocks off while still alive, and another day cutting a kids nose off. For heavens sake move on.

      Punungwe - 2013-02-25 18:06

      And another one beheaded his wife and told his children he was gonna use the head to make lots of money and find a new mother for them.

      jeremy002 - 2013-02-26 11:06

      Ask the police about all the cases of muti murder that they encounter on a daily basis. It will shock you. Human sacrifice, daily in South Africa, and most often on abducted little children. Often organs are removed while they are still alive, and of course - no anaesthetic. Evil incarnate. The stories are too horrific to pubish. The police also keep the horrible mutilation and torture of farm victims out of the media, somehow.

  • Andre Liebenberg - 2013-02-25 17:57

    Barbaric animals!! In a country where we burn animals and rape children what chances do we have!! Then I have no sympathy for any human loss!!!

      gary.gordon.961993 - 2013-02-25 19:35

      They certainly do make a case for human sacrifice... Except they are not human, they are humanoid.

  • Ian Levinson - 2013-02-25 17:59

    Sick savages, burn them alive, bastards

  • Jacques - 2013-02-25 17:59

    I'm guessing they didn't learn from december 16 1836. Anycase, this is a good case for how one's religeon can lead on to tragic events. Be it 9/11 or Marikana, one should always bare in mind: a bullet is a bullet and no muti, prayer or conviction renders one above the law (be it physical or state).

      Jacques - 2013-02-25 18:46

      I'm not saying Bloedriver was NOT divine intervention. But if it was, how do you prove it? Should you even try? Fact is, those boere were highly organised and the marikana strikers maybe less so. Maybe it's a combination of divine intervention and skill. Maybe all of the one, none of the other. What I'm saying is, to blindly cling to some mythical promise isn't the best of ideas when it comes to putting your life on the line, no matter what your conviction.

      seanrossouwslr - 2013-02-25 19:10

      Firepower and superior tactics. The same way every battle is won. If that's an argument for divine intervention, then every battle where someone says a prayer and looses, is evidence against

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-25 20:31

      "...mere chance like evolution?" Good lord, did no-one pass biology in this country?

      jean.steyn.9 - 2013-02-25 22:00

      The Voortrekkers planned the Blood river battle very well in advance. There were no women and children in the camp as it was a war commando in retaliation for the Bloukrantz and Weenen murders earlier that year where more than 500 defenceless Boere women and chidren were massacered in one day directly after the murder of Piet Retief and his party (of which the majority were impaled while still alive by the way). The aim of Dingaan was to destroy the Voortrekkers once and for all. First shots were fired by Boers as the surrounding impi's stood up from the sitting position (they surrounded the Boers under the cover of night) before they were ready to attack. The dead bodies in the front lines prevented the rest from gathering momentum in attack. Donga and river on two sides limited Zulus' lines of attack. Boers had more than one voorlaaier each. Zulu's also underestimated Boers because of their inferior numbers (400 against 1200). Superstition prevented the Zulus from attacking at night, which would have given them victory, but they were scared as the lanterns around the "laager" looked ghostly at night. Just better planning and good war tactics by the Boers on the day, mixed with good luck Zulu superstition, gave the Boers the victory on the day. Blind fath perhaps gave the Boers confidence on the day. Nothing to do with divine intervention from a superior being. Zulus could have won just by starving the Boers, but that was not in the Zulu nature. There you go.

      jean.steyn.9 - 2013-02-25 22:04

      That should read "400 against 12000"

      Madoqua - 2013-02-25 23:20

      Jean, you have your history wrong. There were women and children in the lager; they were the ones serving as re-loaders for the men.

      Jacques - 2013-02-26 00:23

      I was also under the impression there were women in the camp, but I'm by no means a historian, I'll go look it up. Anyway. Afrikaans boer en trots daarop! Glad this didn't turn into the usual n24 racial mud slinging contest.

      jean.steyn.9 - 2013-02-26 21:01

      @Madoqua.Usually there were women and children in the laagers doing duty as reloaders and even doing the shooting themselves if they had to. Blood River was different as the commando was specifically assembled with the aim to revenge the deaths of Piet Retief and his 70 men on 6 Feb 1838 as well as the attacks at Weenen and Bloukrantz where more than 500 womwn and children were killed,waiting for their husbands and fathers to return immediately thereafter on 17 Feb. The Blood river commando consisted of men only - 382 Boere, 90 Black and Coloured men as well as 3 English according to the notes of Jan Bantjes, the "Coloured" scribe of Andries Pretorius. Another commando earlier that year at the battle of Italeni on 11 April 1838 failed in their attempt to punish the Zulus and ended in the deaths of Piet Uys and his son Dirkie who turned back to help his father who was assegaied in his left flank. The Zulus was in a class of their own when it came to war. They were built into an immense fighting force by King Shaka. He had all the Zulu men of small stature killed in order to let only the bigger and stronger men contribute to his tribe. The fighters were drilled and very disciplined under his command. He also brought in the stab spear, which means the Zulus would advance and dessimate their opponents if the latter have already used their throw spears. Their toughness in battle and tactics is why the Zulus were able to win the battle of Isandlawana against the British in 1879.

  • Abdul Cassiem - 2013-02-25 17:59

    What!!!! Are u serious !!!! And told them to do this barbaric act !!!!! Somgoma !!!! And who told him the Ancestors!!!!

  • Dotmatrix - 2013-02-25 18:00

    The quality controller that fired at the box should be fired. Maybe next time they should have someone that can aim do the testing. Actually scratch, that next time they should forget the box and just try shooting each other to see if it worked. Cruel Bastards

  • Shaun - 2013-02-25 18:02

    So freakin barbaric , but I guess when a president of a country says it's not in their culture to love animals, I guess it must be expected. I guess it's also culture to relieve one self next to the road in brought daylight instead of using a toilette. Must be apartheid fault.

      theboet - 2013-02-25 18:15

      Of course the self-righteous Shaun has never urinated in a place other than a toilet. All of this is so new and appalling to him. He's never come across people who are so way below his lofty standards that he even wonders how they can be classified in the same category as him.

      Shaun - 2013-02-25 18:52

      Typical. Focus on the lesser important yet more convenient of the points I raised. R80 odd million rand of fraud in the government, but remember they did build 5000 houses. Ok "the boet" lets talk about the houses.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-25 23:38

      "I'm a go-getter who belives in teeling it like it stands" This is how theboet describes himself, Shaun; just ignore him, he's an eedjit.

      Ntsika Nkabinde - 2013-02-26 11:43

      Shaun you wrong there, he never said its ok not like animals, if it is the case Zulu would not have had so many cows, sheep, goats and other food supplies you must remember goats, sheeps, cows, and chickens, were the main source of food supplies for most rural people so what you saying its actually not correct

      Ntsika Nkabinde - 2013-02-26 11:48

      Shaun your comments simply gives you a way that you are from a very comfortable background, because if you grew up from the rural areas of farm lands you wouldnot talk like you do ask any farmer he will tell you that people will relive themselves from time to time if they find themselves in a compromising position i grew up in the rural areas i used to do that so please don't allow your comfort zone to blind you from other realities out there

  • prometheus.bound.12 - 2013-02-25 18:03

    Ok, there was a point in this saga where I was utterly appalled by the police slaughter of 34 people. Now, I kind of don't feel so bad about it, all of a sudden. Superstitious, sociopathic bastards.

  • brendan.healey.315 - 2013-02-25 18:06

    Now that's what you would call a "Backdraft" !!

  • Michelle Uys - 2013-02-25 18:07

    I dont feel anything for ppl if this is what they do. If this is what they don they deserve what they get. We will never evolve into a first world country with dumb idiotic actions like these!

      Nkosinathi Gezindaba Snr - 2013-02-25 18:16

      If human beings kill animals like that, if human beings rape others en kill them, if human beings kill others in cold blood en deny it en as the public have the nerve to defend them! Murder is murder, barbaric or not, intentional or not, premeditated or not! A crime is a crime, en all offenders shall be prosecuted, black or white, rich or poor! The miners were wrong, so were the cops for shooting them!

  • Heather Campbell Matthewson - 2013-02-25 18:08

    One Word = savages!!

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-27 10:20

      What of the Salem Witch trials? White Christians burning WOMEN alive?

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-02-25 18:08


  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-25 18:09

    Okay... i got a 9mm and i would love to put that theory to the test!!!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-25 18:39

      You got a toilet door?

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-26 10:22

      Okay so all we need is Robert with his 9 mill, a sheep, matches and petrol and a sangoma and for Glyn to stand behind the toilet door

  • Amigo8 - 2013-02-25 18:10

    It's written in the bible. END TIMES

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:22


  • jean.steyn.9 - 2013-02-25 18:13

    Has the sangoma who instigated this behaviour and who also promised the miners they'd be bullet proof at R 1000 a head, been charged with insitement of public violence and fraud? If not, why hasn't he been charged? Surely he played a significent role in the events that led to the loss of life?

      aubrey.christie - 2013-02-25 18:29

      My friend he most likely doctors the ministers as well, not to be caught with hands in the cookie jar.

  • Tania Snyman - 2013-02-25 18:15

    One almost feels not to dignify their actions with a response. But I will say this. 'Barbarians' in the strongest sense of the word, are living amongst us.

  • allan.mccabe - 2013-02-25 18:15

    Would love to know what the "medicine man" was paid for his super intelligent advice. Feel terrible for the sheep but nothing surprises me

  • daan.phalaborwa - 2013-02-25 18:15

    Eish!! Dei used da wrong sheep!!

  • dtangocci - 2013-02-25 18:18

    Savages. They deserve to be shot

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-25 23:40

      They were.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-26 03:09

      Thank goodness 40 odd of them got exactly what they deserved. Well done Marikana cops

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-02-25 18:18

    would not agree with it myself....what i find foolish is brash prejudice coming from the SPCA brigade...they are the last to speak about animal cruelty...African people never ever slaughther animals for fun so called hunters, who wiped out 20million afrikan elephant herd, who shot the dodo to extinction, who is decimating the rhino right under our negro noses, who decimated the 60million bison in north america...i know where to send the SPCA to

      Shaun - 2013-02-25 18:28

      Sure let's go with your argument , but lets change that to people. So what is happening in Africa these days ? Is there an African country that not at war , hungry depleted , poor , sick etc etc. Why is it that Africa is the continent where all the world's help is needed. Why was it when JvR came here in 1652 in huge modern ships the people here still sat around fires on a rock ?

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-02-25 18:34

      Theveshan Pillay try the sub-continent my friend..from there you would respect your sojourn here....

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2013-02-25 18:47

      nothing weired in sitting around a fire under the rock Shaun we was happy very happy...we could drink water from a river back imported deseases and for your own information Afrika had great advances in technology, the Mapumbugwe Empire in Southern Africa, the Ashanti and Timbuktu in west Afrika, the Kermit/Egypt in east Afrika

      Shaun - 2013-02-25 18:59

      Did any of these "high - tech" tribes/institutions ever had a thought like " Hmm... a wheel , that could be handy!" Glad to hear you like sitting on rocks , if it wasnt for the dutch , the french and to a lesser extend the english you would still be sitting on them.

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:23

      Are you stupid? How many decades ago did those practises happen? We have moved on and recognise that animals should be treated humanely unlike certain individuals who think not

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:25

      To clear something up for bongani, diseases werent imported, they evolve under certain conditions

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-26 09:52

      Bongani,nsele.58. Did those killing the bison, dodo etc. do so by throwing them into a fire so the perpetrators could believe that would make them immune to bullets?. Stupid arguement.

  • theboet - 2013-02-25 18:19

    Now that the OP story does no longer hog the headlines anymore, we are back to bash each other racially as we always do, you've got to love us South Africans.

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:26

      Only AnC supporters who claim they arent racist but wont vote for a white person

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2013-02-25 18:21

    The Kingpin for the ritual should be called to testify. Its evil to burn any animal alive, where on earth?

  • jimmy.meikle1 - 2013-02-25 18:21

    Gee, they treated the sheep just the way they treated the police and the security guards they killed. Let's feel sorry for them, and send them for counselling!

  • Nkosinathi Gezindaba Snr - 2013-02-25 18:22

    If human beings kill animals like that, if human beings rape others en kill them, if human beings kill others in cold blood en deny it en as the public have the nerve to defend them, we aren't going to be a country we dream of! Murder is murder, barbaric or not, intentional or not, premeditated or not! A crime is a crime, en all offenders shall be prosecuted, black or white, rich or poor! The miners were wrong, so were the cops for shooting them! Them two sheep didn't deserve to be killed like that, so were the miners! Two wrongs don't make a right!

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:27

      Agreed and still you got thumbs down from some morons

  • Rustic - 2013-02-25 18:22

    Where are the Animal-Rightists when one needs them. And what does PETA have to say about this?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-26 09:55

      Rustic.Donate more money to the Animal Rights people and maybe they will be able to patrol strange places at night. PETA is in America, do you expect them to be clairvoyant?.

  • Johnny August - 2013-02-25 18:23

    Wow idiots ,They did not even Trust their stupid MUTHI ,Y if they Believed in this stupid Muthi They wouldn't shoot at themselves instead they Said they shot at the BOX n da Bullets did not Penetrate

  • LekkePerd - 2013-02-25 18:25

    Geez What next? Next time rather hide underneath them

  • grant.boonzaier - 2013-02-25 18:25

    Absolute savages. Education PLEASE government!

  • aubrey.christie - 2013-02-25 18:26

    We are such civilized people are we not. And our illustrious president blames it on apartheid.Obviously the potion made from these poor animals never worked.It never worked at blood river either.

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-27 10:22

      Yet there's a Zulu running the country now.... Maybe it's slow-acting?

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-25 18:26

    What is wrong with your moron cousins Zooma???

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-25 18:29

    And they have a vote! Probably vote anc. It figures. Makes their ancestors happy.

  • Matt Cumming - 2013-02-25 18:35

    Disgusting. As Ghandi said: you can judge a people by how they treat their animals. How can these backward people even operate in this century? This is the ANC's electorate.

  • Athalia Maabane - 2013-02-25 18:36

    Nonsense, what rubbish is this!!!

  • Tommy Hains - 2013-02-25 18:37

    This commission is a waste of time and money. Union bosses should be charged for inciting violence and conspiracy to murder. Witch doctors the same because their mentality is so low they should be locked up for ignorance. Violent strikes should be banned and if one small incident of violence is portrayed it should be an unlawfu strikel. There is one thing all should have learnt from this. This is a disease that has been with us for years. The formentors were the ANC and Unions. Illiterate people were used for this purpose violence. You are illiterate if you think muti will stop a bullet. The Police fired over 300 rounds. 30 odd dead?. More firing practise please. These were thugs.

  • rplescia - 2013-02-25 18:39


      womba.wonder - 2013-02-27 10:25

      Not as bad as white witch-burners. Or hung-drawn-and-quartering. By white lawmakers.

  • rouan.villiers - 2013-02-25 18:41

    Bunch of Animals....they dont belong in society, no wonder we can't fix this country. You cant civilize these "people" - these are the same idiots who put Zuma in charge. No wonder our country is in the state its in.

      Alexandra J. Little - 2013-02-25 19:05

      Define civilisation for me would you? And I presume you were in the voting booth with them when they voted? Making ridiculous assumptions as fact are we now? And last I checked, animals don't burn other animals. Humans do.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-25 18:42

    What does Zuma say about this? Any noises from his direction?? No?? Oh well, he is not at home. You know what I mean.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-26 10:07

      Glyn. Morgan.96. Zuma can't say a thing, he also slaughters animals ever so often to pacify the ancestors, who probably weep because their descendants still stumble around in the dark ages.

  • Sipho Maseko - 2013-02-25 18:43

    This happened in the bible as well.

      Brendon Nel - 2013-02-25 18:46

      Your point? Those fools were nuts as well.

      Matt Loftus - 2013-02-25 18:50

      Are you dumb ? They didn't burn sheep alive to stop spears and arrows please stfu. You making an ass out of yourself

      Gerald Beer - 2013-02-25 19:14

      Really!!!!! What Strikes were those?

      Killbot79 - 2013-02-25 19:29

      In the bible it wasnt called witchcraft it was to cleanse you of your sins. Seems like the muti was kryptonite to these okes. Backwards.

      CarmenP.Duncan - 2013-02-25 19:44

      Sipho, the animals the Bible talks about were slaughtered first...

      womba.wonder - 2013-02-27 10:28

      But the real live women the white first-world Church Christians once burnt at the stake as "witches" were alive as the flames consumed them...

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-25 18:43

    I would love to put this theory through the test with my 9mm.

  • bruce.arnett.18 - 2013-02-25 18:44

    Oh dear, no progress since the crop burning and cattle killing mass ritual during the Xhosa British fronteir wars failed to drive the settlers into the ocean.

      Alexandra J. Little - 2013-02-25 18:57

      And your comment shows much progression doesn't it?

      hcrouse - 2013-02-26 08:23

      That young girl got one part of the prophecy right - things were never going to be the same again.