Two sangoma's drown trying to save sacrificial chicken
Two trainee sangomas jumped into the water to save a sacrificial chicken that was to be slaughtered as part of a ritual to banish bad luck – but it cost them their lives.
Councillor Malulu Sikhakhane told Scrolla.Africa that while the trainees were preparing the rituals the chicken jumped into the water.
That’s when one of the trainees made the fateful decision to dive in after it.
“It’s when they tried to run into the water to save the chicken that the first trainee was swept over the waterfall by the water. Then the second one jumped over to save his colleague and they were both swept away by the river,” said Sikhakhane.
The two men, aged 30 and 31, plunged down the waterfall before being swept downstream.
Councillor Sikhakhane said that the sangomas’ client is the one who made the call informing them that they had been swept away by the waterfall.
“We found them on Monday after we worked hard searching for them,” said Sikhakhane.
“They were both dead. The one trainee was found naked with many injuries. We found them five kilometres away from where they drowned,” he said.
Sikhakhane said traditional healers often use the Mophela waterfall to perform rituals although it is very dangerous. He said they wish the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality could enclose the place so that it is not so easily accessible.
KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said the deceased were swept away by the river and their bodies were recovered and taken to the mortuary.
“An inquest has been opened,” said Mbhele.
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