Steytlerville 'monster' strikes again

2011-04-25 22:44

Johannesburg - A ‘monster’ plaguing the sleepy Karoo town of Steytlerville struck again over the Easter weekend, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

Another two sightings of the "shape-shifting creature" were reported on Sunday evening, said Warrant Officer Zandisile Nelani .

“Two men were walking near a tavern when they saw another man wearing a black jacket. One of the men, identified only as Nozipho, went up to the stranger and asked him, “What is your problem?” said Nelani.

A dog or a cow?

When the stranger did not respond, Nozipho went closer and saw that the man had no head. The man then turned into a dog that was “very angry” and “as big as a cow”, Nelani said.

He said that as Nozipho and his friend ran away, the monster allegedly turned on another group of people in the same road. “They said it turned into a big monkey, and then it was gone,” Nelani said.

He said that since the monster was spotted near the tavern, people were afraid to go there at night.

Last week police were told by residents that the monster changed shape while one looked at it. One man had reported that it changed from a man wearing a suit into a pig and then into a bat.

There had also been rumours that the monster could fly. Previously, the monster had only been spotted near the church. It had even been seen peering through the windows during a service, but had vanished by the time the congregation came outside.

Nelani said that the community had dubbed the monster “Bawokozi”, meaning ‘brother-in-law’.


Sightings of the monster began over a month ago when it was seen by mourners attending two separate funerals, Nelani said.

He said that the community requested a meeting with police because they were frightened of it. Police agreed to work with residents, but asked them to try to take a photograph of it as evidence.

Nelani said that a photograph had since been taken of the monster resting under a tree.

He said that when the photo was taken the monster had been in human form but when the photo was developed an unknown animal was visible in the picture.

“It is a very strange thing happening in Steytlerville, but no one has been hurt by it,” Nelani said.

  • Andrew - 2011-04-25 22:57

    They had too much liquor over the weekend.

      brannawyn meester - 2011-04-26 06:57

      ja the cheap wine has made the easter bunny the easter monster, the tooth-ferry will rob the bank and Santa run for president! (sorry last one has happened if you look at all the "T"shirts)

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-26 09:19

      Strange that the monster had been seen OUTSIDE a TAVERN. What are they watering down the beer wih these days?

      michal.mierzwa - 2011-04-26 10:37

      District 9 - Reanimation :-)

      LadyJJ - 2011-04-26 13:10

      You can say that again...I think now they will stay sober now

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-04-28 08:03

      "Tik" hits the Karoo town of Steytlerville.

      Twatter - 2011-04-28 10:12

      I wonder who their dealer is, because I also want to smoke whatever these okes are puffing on!

      thirty thirty - 2011-04-29 08:08

      This reminds me of a case in India. An unusually large wolf, that was later killed, was dragging away small children and infants in this one village. The eye-witness accounts are reminiscent of what i read here. The one lady claimed it was a dark man with lights shining out of his knees...

      African'shtr - 2011-04-29 13:47

      Andrew you are a fool, if you don't believe in witch craft please stop saying people were drunk, or does it have to be a white man to witness it in order to be a truth, that is what so called a zombie

      LBS - 2011-04-29 21:20

      Brother in Law? Why on earth Brother in Law??? I bet someone is playing a trick on them and is enjoying every minute.

  • GT - 2011-04-25 23:14

    These guys need to stop putting battery acid in the moonshine. Oh to be a sangoma in that place in the month ahead... BOOM TIME BABY

      Grazy - 2011-04-26 22:50

      No man it's THE MOTHMAN!!!! Google it, that creature is internationaly known. Now his here for the election.

  • Edwin - 2011-04-25 23:26

    lol...yho! what the...?

  • Sibusiso - 2011-04-25 23:42


      GT - 2011-04-25 23:56

      Hey Sibs - paranormal takes hold where rational thinking is absent. The bogeyman hides where no one shines a light. Next time it pops out, take a blood sample and a picture.

      Banned - 2011-04-26 01:25

      I'll pay for the trip to KZN, I'll give you one of my camera's all you gotta do is bring me pic

      Zion - 2011-04-26 07:17

      Asseblief Sibusiso, you are being delusional. We are long ago out of the dark ages, The time when things went bump at night is past and when you do hear it it only produces babies. The days of Dracula and other ouks like that died circa 1200. But, on, the other hand, at the castle........

      CyberDog - 2011-04-26 07:54

      Just off the bat, with regards to the story.. cumon, really, you going to walk randomly up to someone and ask them what is their problem. Which one of the two is the bigger monster .. Then, wouldn't it be really, no I mean, REALLY obvious if someone had no head, not something you only notice after a while.. seriously ... @Larro: yeah, that seems the most plausible, and it coincides nicely with the electioneering campaign. Even sounds like one of the lame comedy campaigns that has been doing rounds thanks to other corporate companies that can afford to waste that ridiculous amount of money..

      daaivark - 2011-04-26 07:56

      If you're sophisticated enough to be using a computer, then I'm amazed at your naivete.

      Barry - 2011-04-26 08:46

      Gaan weg

      Barry - 2011-04-26 08:47

      Jy is seker net so drong soos hulle - 2011-04-26 09:24


      Wessel - 2011-04-26 10:59

      I think it is superman no batman o no it is cowman.To mutch pills with drinks.You must know drugs can make you lots of things.And also why by a tarven.

      TrailerTrash - 2011-04-26 12:12

      I suppose it was the rat with the moustache the vendor saw the other day

      LuLuBug - 2011-04-26 15:25

      I want to see it. Stop ragging sibusiso, evil DOES exist!

      AjaxFiko - 2011-04-26 15:27

      attack not attach

      Shadoz - 2011-04-26 16:11

      hahahaha hahahaha nessie and bigfoot called they coming to visit two. oh and guess what the world is flat and the sun moves around the earth. hahaha fool..

      Andrew Rose - 2011-04-26 17:21

      Where is the evidence? Oh thats right, there is none!

      Grazy - 2011-04-26 22:48

      Sibusiso, this boer know he live in Africa, so I feel sorry for you, but enjoy your culture.

      captainm - 2011-04-27 09:19

      Yes! KZN has had it for years. My Afrikaans teacher could change shape! All I had to do to get him animated was to skip homework!

      Dave - 2011-04-27 09:58

      Sibusiso....................mmmmmmmmmm, eeeeeeeeeeeee, whatya smokin man......neeed sumofthestuff myself, durban poison?

      MrMojoRising - 2011-04-27 11:49

      Well it's possible. Never discredit the supernatural. Personally I like to believe in it, kinda makes life more exciting.

      Jynxd - 2011-04-27 17:58

      Please note... Caps locks is used to show shouting. Don't shout because no one actually cares.

      Santel - 2011-04-28 19:05


      watyasay - 2011-05-01 10:45

      u f*cking idiot...maybe its a bloody agent

  • Kaizo - 2011-04-26 00:46

    that's what happens when people drink the muti. LOL!

  • Assegaai - 2011-04-26 01:11

    Sakkies want to be on the map......if you vote anc the tokolosh will come for you

      bosegoos - 2011-04-26 11:47

      Ek is ook 'n boorling van Sakkies en het my skooloopbaan daar voltooi. Die sg monster het ek eers gedink kon my skoonsuster gewees het wat daar 'n verrassingsbesoek gaan afle het maar nou sien ek die gemene deler is laatnag besoeke aan die shebeen. Wonder wat sou ou dominee Lubbe hiervan gese het.

      Skuinskoek - 2011-04-27 05:38

      Ai, Ai, wat het van die onskuldige Sakkies geword?

      edwill.jantjies1 - 2011-08-01 23:20

      wie j assegaai jong

  • chris.heyde1 - 2011-04-26 02:43

    It is the effect of the new 'HIV' medicine drug Wongi. Just mix some anti-retrovirals, Wim, some Tik and dagga, smoke the stuff and all wonderful, crazy shapes dance all around you...

      Spoofed - 2011-04-29 13:27

      You sound like you have experienced it yourself

  • Cronje - 2011-04-26 03:41

    I've seen a similar thing very close to where I live - hadnt had anything to drink : ) A very small man pitch pitch black with long dread locks and unnaturally blue eyes ran into the road and stopped right in front of my bakkie. It He stood right there string at me for at least 4 sec; then turned into a small warthog and ran off. When I told some of the farm workers about it they said some of them and their parents and ppl before that know him. I wasnt afraid though. Did not feel threatened by it at all.

      grant9 - 2011-04-26 05:59

      Cronje, The more superstitious people are, the more they seem to encounter these things. Having said that, I know from personal experience that there are forces out there that cannot be explained away.

      Zion - 2011-04-26 07:21

      Grant9, Were it not for the long weekend and a slight hangover I could take you up on that.

      barkers - 2011-04-26 10:05

      These things are real! African mythology is full of such creatures. Credo Mutwa explains these things really well.

      GT - 2011-04-26 14:10

      barkers - if they where real, they wouldn't be mythology DUH!

      captainm - 2011-04-27 09:26

      @grant9 - Like the anc! They promise then the promise changes shape then disappears! They are scary but there is a cure, just vote DA!

      MissSTG - 2011-04-29 09:25


  • Paul Harris - 2011-04-26 05:59

    It is Malema!

      captainm - 2011-04-27 09:29

      Yes! Same as these mythological beings, cannot be explained away! His shape is changing, notice the size of his boup! Growing by the day. He could look like a policeman any day now!

      Jono - 2011-04-28 10:42

      of course!

      LGVS - 2011-04-28 13:36

      That thing is cannot be Malema. Malema is to busy defending his idiocy in court. Butn it must be family.

      watyasay - 2011-05-01 10:50

      SPAKES we will go back to europe and take everything that you know with us..remember it was the white man that made you human and gave you taxis and johnny walker

  • Tsundzuka - 2011-04-26 06:25

    Daily sun news, does news24 want to go down that road

      rantoftheday - 2011-04-26 10:15

      Agree 100%. But I suspect that the quality of news on the site is going to worsen now that the former editor of YOU is head of Media 24. Who needs well-research, balanced and relevant news when a monster in the karoo will generate clicks?

      Jason - 2011-04-26 18:26

      Amen brother, but with the level of filth that is posted daily on Women24, it seems anything goes. News24 should remeber that it doesn't take much to change ones browser homepage.

  • nesquik458 - 2011-04-26 06:28

    LOL..........LOL!!!!Homemade beer? I want some of that shit!!! LOL

  • thabatao - 2011-04-26 06:46

    It is only a demon showing itself in human form. It has happened before. Become a Christian and they will flee from you. They like to frighten the life out of humans.

      Zion - 2011-04-26 07:31

      99% of ghost or ghostly sightings are illusionary, delusional, hallucinatory or "special effects caused by lighting effects. 1% is unknown. With a tavern in the town this case could be known.

      Spanners - 2011-04-26 08:33

      really! become a Christian.....seriously, thats the answer for everything.

      redrobot - 2011-04-26 08:45

      thabatao...why then have nobody ever supplied us with indisputable proof that such things exists?. The Americans spent a lot of time and money on getting proof of ghosts, demons etc, but nothing has been produced yet. Just watch Darren Brown investigates and maybe you will have a different view on such nonsense as well.

      Ricky - 2011-04-26 17:07

      Surely Christianity is all about believing in the supernatural !

      Andrew Rose - 2011-04-26 17:45

      Im not a christian. Why have I never seen a demon?

      Circuswatch - 2011-04-27 09:19

      If we all become Christians, will the ANC, Malema, Zuma, Winnie etc. also all disappear? This could be the answer.

      Darwinian - 2011-04-28 08:47

      whats the difference between shape shifting and virgin birth?????

      Slayer - 2011-04-28 09:51

      @thabatao How about I just buy a baseball bat...

      K-9-Commando - 2011-06-08 11:38

      @ Darwinian, go hug a monkey or go eat your primordial soup, scoffer

  • John - 2011-04-26 07:00


  • chris - 2011-04-26 07:00

    Hi all of you must get GOD on your side and you will get ride of the devil and only GOD can help not the police.PRAY AND ASK GOD TO STAND BY ALL OF YOU AND HE WILL HELP YOU and thats a fact HE IS GREAT> GOD HELP THEM TO OVER COME THE devil IN STEYTIERVILLE AND THANK YOU GOD FOR HELPING THEM. Now don't worry anymore GOD will take over and the devil will be gone you will see our GOD is the best.

      oxygen - 2011-04-26 07:54

      The plot could have been yours, but you lost it.

      daaivark - 2011-04-26 08:01

      I don't just swap one myth for another, thanks.

      william.botha - 2011-04-26 08:03

      Is he going to help with Malema as well?

      Spanners - 2011-04-26 08:36

      again, seriously! go preach in church!!!

      Tarri-Dee Botes - 2011-04-26 16:23

      Chris i take my hat off to you for being confident enough to say something like this. Well done.

      Andrew Rose - 2011-04-26 17:42

      Shut up. This is serious journalism here.

      Siener2 - 2011-04-27 08:40

      Chris, there is no difference between you and the people who claim to have seen this "shape-shifting" monster: You are all equally irrational and believe in imaginary beings. Please join the rest of humanity in the twenty first century and help us solve some of the real problems that exist.

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-04-27 15:46

      There is no god period. That means no devil no shape shifting creature. Just peoplew high on a assortment of uppers downers lafers screamers. Period

      rurapente - 2011-04-28 09:48

      * Troll Troll Troll Alert... gently down the page... merrily merrily merrily merrily, go fly a kite and leave us alone! *

      nonamejv - 2011-04-28 21:18

      Are you smoking same sh.t like ppl IN STEYTIERVILLE

      Spoofed - 2011-04-29 13:31

      @Chris i highly doubt that believing in an invisible man in the sky is going to rid the world of all evil...

      LBS - 2011-04-29 21:50

      @Chris and Tarri-Dee - Once again, sad to see how many non believers there are. @ Ryan, I looked at your picture, mmmmm muscle man, you seem to know a lot about certain substances. Why are you always attacking Christians? Why not rather just let it be, allow us to believe in what we believe. You don't always have to respond so disrespectful.

      K-9-Commando - 2011-06-08 11:46

      @ LBS, the fools are hypocrites. Big suprise when they die one day and did not repent.

  • Piet - 2011-04-26 07:04

    Not brother in law! It is mother in law!

      LBS - 2011-04-29 21:51

      Ha ha ha, funny Piet. But more relevant, I think.

  • tryanything - 2011-04-26 07:06

    Always ..find them lying under a tree

      Kevin - 2011-04-26 07:34

      So true go to any town in SA and you'll find these shadows under a tree!

      ABBA - 2011-04-26 09:20

      Bloody agents of Darkness!Get out you shadows!

  • Peter - 2011-04-26 07:07

    The way politicians change, and given the upcoming elections, i think it must be one of them.....

      Pfffft - 2011-04-26 10:37

      Ja, just an ANC official electioneering. We all know how two-faced they are! Or could it be that every time the monster changes, it gets to vote again?

  • Ho - 2011-04-26 07:09

    Julius Malema perhaps...?

  • Zion - 2011-04-26 07:09

    Two men were walking near the tavern. Now that edifice of alcoholic libations could have cast its spell over the 2 men walking; drunk men walking. Alternatively, It could have been a bandit Easter bunny or an abandoned bunny much the moer in. What are the perennial crops grown in that area? Perchance hemp or cannabis, who knows.

      Smaal - 2011-04-26 08:01

      Poor bunny....

      Flee - 2011-04-26 13:59

      Puff Puff Pass....

  • evilmaccie - 2011-04-26 07:10

    I also once had a similar experience - I encountered an honest government official once - till today nobody believes me and I can't find him again...

      Shivermetimb - 2011-04-26 07:18

      I am not sure I believe you. Just because I have never encountered one doesn't mean they dont exist, however . . .

      Zion - 2011-04-26 08:38

      This is a serious case and has to be investigated. Like lightening this paranormal incident must be routed out of our society. Just imagine all that booty growing bigger and higher and filling no pockets. Siesa. - 2011-04-26 09:29

      Produce him evilmaccie! Because you are right... We don't believe you.

  • tendani Rasivhetshele - 2011-04-26 07:36

    hahahahahahahah i can't help myself. Alcohol can be dangerous hey!! i want to taste whatever you drank lol...

  • Glennm - 2011-04-26 07:40

    any boom plantations nearby

  • Glennm - 2011-04-26 07:41

    Maybe Stompie..or is it Afkop

  • Smaal - 2011-04-26 07:54

    It’s the TOKOLSHE and he is looking for ANC supporters! Guess he heard that card carrying members go to heaven. TOKOLSHE WANTS YOU!

  • daaivark - 2011-04-26 07:54

    Check the town water supply.

      LuLuBug - 2011-04-26 18:32

      daaivark, just the name u use makes me realize u are bloody awful :(

      Frangipani - 2011-04-27 16:22

      What for?

      daaivark - 2011-04-28 14:30

      Thanks Lu. Heard of humour? Anyway, if that's what guides your decisions, you're welcome to them.

      daaivark - 2011-04-28 14:32

      Frangipani. Work it out. It's really easy.

  • Wow! - 2011-04-26 07:54

    Mmm - that Freestate Mampoer!!!!!

  • Clinton - 2011-04-26 07:59

    I bet you these bunch of drunks will have all the excuses in the world why they cannot take an actual photo of the "monster". Perhaps it's time they all stay away from the home-brewed beer and save their money for a visit to the local optometrist!

  • william.botha - 2011-04-26 08:01

    Take a video. Get Danie Krugel to investigate. Stop taking mind altering substances. Just my 5 cents worth.

  • Madelane - 2011-04-26 08:04

    The ANC are electioneering in Steytlerville. Its that simple

      captainm - 2011-04-27 09:41

      No, the local B&B has hit on a great tourist draw-card! 10% off if you see the monster. 20% off if you see the council workers working.

  • Balsakhater - 2011-04-26 08:14

    Yep - i knew they will p%ss off the wrong person one day, Now even the werewolf's / Middel Earth is gatvol for them. My Precious.

  • Showahed - 2011-04-26 08:21

    Ngqabushushu...that's the makes anything changes shape...

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-04-26 08:25

    Was daar drank by betrokke? En die mense wat dit nou sien het seker nie grade of het ver geleer nie ne? Shame hulle sien seker die Cockness Monster ook as hulle in die bad sit.

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-04-26 15:04

      Julius... er...Juluis..Just wondering if you intentionally spell your name wrong? Or is it a cover? :-)

      JuluisMalema - 2011-04-26 15:27

      If i was the real thing i would have spelled it right. But since i am not News24 would not let me use the real thing so i had to make some change. And that was it.

  • jwill - 2011-04-26 08:30

    Wow, our own Loch Ness monster.....This will put Steytlerville on the world map! Time for Discovery to do a docie as part of the "Is it real" series. Please people: never ever mix c-grade wine and Mary Johanna

  • Fouche Venter - 2011-04-26 08:39

    It's manbearpig! Half man, half bear, half pig! I'm super serial!

      Francois Marais - 2011-04-29 10:25

      its mandogcow you guys!

  • Theo Kruger - 2011-04-26 08:42

    Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? No. Is it Superman? No - It ate Superman. :) - 2011-04-26 09:31

      Time to call in Chuck Norris?

      Smaal - 2011-04-26 13:27

      There is only one man that eats like that around here... Malema... wait a minute... Malema is the black Chuck Norris?!?!

  • redrobot - 2011-04-26 08:46

    I knew's MANBEARPIG from southpark

      ALCAB - 2011-04-26 19:59

      It's Shabir Shaik in disguise.

      Smaal - 2011-04-28 08:40

      OMG! It killed Kenny!

  • The Flying Circus - 2011-04-26 08:50

    Blame it on apartheid....... Always the easiest explanation

  • Barry - 2011-04-26 08:52

    Methinks News 24 made up this story. Sounds like Daily Sun reporting.

  • Peter.James.Merrington - 2011-04-26 08:54

    It's Kreachur. Out on bail. My precious ....

      Mathew - 2011-04-26 13:40

      You mean Gollum?

  • Nirvan - 2011-04-26 08:58

    Its an alien, sure the ufo is out in the Karoo somewhere...

      captainm - 2011-04-27 10:07

      Get real! Aliens come from Zim, they don't use ufo's, they use holes in the fence. Maybe this monster has heard of BEE?

      velastardust - 2011-04-30 12:14

      Could it be a fracking monster ?

  • Bubbles007 - 2011-04-26 09:03

    Hahahahaha!!!! Please stop it now, I cant take it any more. I nearly wet my jean pant. What next, are the Cullens coming to visit for the winter?

  • Daniel - 2011-04-26 09:06

    As we approach the time that the Bible calls the great Tribulation, then evil spirits will start manifesting in Physica Form. During the time of the great tribulation, this will not be an isolated incident, but there will be milions of such creatures, roaming the streets, driving the human population to isanity. I know you bash christians, but only being filled with the Holy Spirit is the only protection!! - 2011-04-26 09:32

      Here on the ground we call it polling for the elections

      Flee - 2011-04-26 09:52

      Blah blah blah...

      Anthony - 2011-04-26 10:49

      mooi daniel, people won't believe you, i saw that, it started 17 years ago already, i'm glad you see the light, vote DA

      ex-pat - 2011-04-26 13:43

      Oh hallelujah and all that @#*x! These guys were filled with some other kind of spirit, but I have to say, the effects of the so-called Holy Spirit are not dissimilar - just attend any evangelical meeting! Very interesting programme on TV last night (Channel4 in the UK), with Derren Brown unmasking fraudulent "faith healers". It is disgusting what they do to the blind, believing public.

      Andrew Rose - 2011-04-26 17:38

      Millions of creatures? So far no-one has proven there is even one!

      Siener2 - 2011-04-27 08:43

      Daniel, there is no difference between you and the people who claim to have seen this "shape-shifting" monster: You are all equally irrational and believe in imaginary beings. Please join the rest of humanity in the twenty first century and help us solve some of the real problems that exist.

      captainm - 2011-04-27 10:08

      Do you vote anc?

      rurapente - 2011-04-28 09:51

      And exactly which scripture in Revelation (which is symbolic) did you get that from? And being filled with holy spirit is not the only protection since the bible says "faith without works is dead" so all the faith in the world wont help you if you arent serving your God, which includes more than just a simple "I believe".

      Barry - 2011-04-28 11:28

      Danie Where exactly is that scripture found?

      flossgielie herholdt - 2011-04-29 21:28


  • kevin - 2011-04-26 09:09

    What a pathetic article. Who believes this rubbish?

      captainm - 2011-04-27 10:11

      Lots of ous! The anc believe in big, black Mercs for free! What is the difference? Every year the shape of the Merc changes!

      LGVS - 2011-04-28 13:46

      That is what it is. A load of rubbish thought up by superstitious idiots.

  • myoomsemotor - 2011-04-26 09:10

    NEWS24 you can't be serious !!!!!!!!!

      captainm - 2011-04-27 10:12

      Who says that they are serious!

  • Hannah - 2011-04-26 09:17

    Are you kidding me that media actually put this hogwash down as news this is ridiculous horse-crap

      pitbull - 2011-04-26 18:19

      Bit late for April Fool's Day or should I say Julius and Jacob Day

  • DeonL - 2011-04-26 09:23

    If you believe in angels you should also believe in the devils or the dark side. Too many people have seen this, it sounds like a being from the dark side.

      multicon - 2011-04-26 10:01

      Dark evader

      ALCAB - 2011-04-26 20:02

      Darkie Invader

  • Karen - 2011-04-26 09:24

    If a photo has been taken ("He said that when the photo was taken the monster had been in human form but when the photo was developed an unknown animal was visible in the picture"), why is it not yet published so we can all see this "monster"?

      Flee - 2011-04-26 09:54

      Karen it was one of their wives who had caught them at the shabeen... LMAO.. Drinking and monsters mmmm she is one evil Bitchy cow... LOL

      Graf - 2011-04-27 11:31

      There is a picture on a Swiss newspaper website: Check it out: It's in german, but the Photo is international... ;)

      LGVS - 2011-04-28 13:49

      @Graf. That is not a picture of the real thing? It is photoshop creation.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-26 09:26

    I think News24 published this purely for the LOL fator.

      captainm - 2011-04-27 10:14

      Good, send more like it!

  • Riaz - 2011-04-26 09:28

    Oi they mustve had a lotta Bells!

  • Stanton - 2011-04-26 09:35

    His name is Toks guys , the Tokoloshi