Monday, February 28, 2011

Blame it on the Tokoloshe!

Traditional magic and superstition have always formed an integral part of South Africa's indigenous folktales, in which the Tokoloshe is a significant manifestation. Even today many rural and urban Nguni peoples, particularly the Zulu and Xhosa, still believe in the power of these mischievous and sometimes evil, hairy spirits.

Against this background, Professor Pieter Scholtz has in TALES OF THE TOKOLOSHE set his collection of approximately 12 fantasy tales on the adventures of an engagingly naughty little sprite named Tokoloshe. These stories, bound to enthral young readers in the nine to 14 age range, are followed by an 'activity' section and a glossary. The stories are charmingly and imaginatively illustrated by Cherie Treweek. (Source: Editorial Review –

The following recent story however, is not so charming:

Tokoloshes steal dockets - court evidence
2011-02-28 - 21:22

Pietermaritzburg - A public petition handed to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on Monday alleges that tokoloshes (evil spirits) are being used to steal court dockets.

The petition alleged that murder accused Mduduzi Manqele, a wealthy traditional healer, was "well-known for keeping evil creatures which collect dockets from court".

"We fear, once released, his evil creatures will tamper with the investigations," the petition continued.

A crowd of people, who had travelled about 45km to the court, protested loudly outside.

Manqele, 48, and co-accused Roger Thusi, 30, face charges of murdering Loyisa Jokweni, 18, whose head was found in a freezer in the home of Thusi's girlfriend in Pietermaritzburg.

A source in the community said Thusi led the police to Manqele after allegedly being told by him to behead Jokweni and put the head in a freezer "to get rich".

Magistrate Bessie du Toit granted Manqele bail after his advocate Martin Krog submitted that there was no evidence against him.

Krog said the allegations against Manqele in the petition were baseless.

Du Toit refused Thusi's application for bail.

After the discovery of the head in the freezer, angry people from the area where Manqele practised set fire to his house and tuckshop.

They also burned the house where Thusi allegedly kept the head, with a frozen snake coiled around it.

The case was adjourned to March 30.


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Featured book for this posting: Two Wheels and a Tokoloshe (

David Lemon felt sure he had a tokoloshe with him when cycling alone from Nairobi to Cape Town. He was arrested twice, beaten up by armed soldiery, smashed his wheel in a fall and went down with amoebic dysentery. He also enjoyed incredible hospitality, spectacular scenery and a hugely varied diet. This included fried caterpillars and a mixture of blood and curdled milk that he didn't find easy to swallow. Lemon's irreverently laconic account of his incredible journey makes compulsive reading for armchair travellers or anyone interested in African adventure.


The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Some black people might believe in the Tokolosh. But is that any worse than grown men believing in a bearded imaginary friend in the sky with a list of 10 things he really doesn't want you to do ?

Or grown men believeing some guy names siner Van Rensburg can tell their future by talking about oxwagon wheels falling off ?

Gremlin said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I believe in trolls and you are the apotheosis of one.

Seriously dude, find yourself a girlfriend or a boyfriend if your prefer it; you have waaaay to much time in your hands.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Rooster

Here are the short replies to your questions:

Question 1
Yes, it is worse!
Question 2
Yes, most definitely!

If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, but take heed how you ask....

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (Epistle of James 4:3 - KJV)

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

No, it's no worse. All three are examples of stone age thinking. I think you need a course in cultural relativity.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog


@ Rooster

Why lying again you know you are a LAIR !!!

A LOT OF People believes in the Thokolosh do you say Charlene Theron is from the Stone age, Why can’t you face the truth.

It seems that as an Ex South African living abroad put you out of touch with reality.

I would expect another 30 post ,trying your propaganda that the Thokolosh is a myth and doesn’t exists in South Africa, specially certain cultures.
You know YOUR LYING, YOU KNOW THE BELIEVERS SLEEPS ON BEDS LIFTED FROM THE GROUND from the guys in townships up to the government.

Why are you such a racist and refer to the black people,I tought IN YOUR rainbow nation with you leading the DA in a multicultural ETOPIA,It should be better than heaven itself ?

Why keep on lying, scared of the truth, and PLEASE no swearwords!!!!.

My Feeling is that your a Liberal and thats why it is impossible to speak "STRAIGHT"(as your Thokolosh followers will say)

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi Tia... just read this on BBC....
"" ... seems mainstream media is opening up to the idea of that we are not all on a level playing field, something anybody who has lived in africa would be able to tell you without having to study 7 years and a title in front of his name. Now you have to ask yourself,.. if europeans evolved through natural selection, only 1 in 3 made it to 21 years of age, aren't we actually "disadvantaging" or blocking the process of evolution with all this aid, etc. going into africa.
Once again the answer is pretty obvious to anybody having physically lived in africa... but still it might make a pretty good article and state the obvious.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ kubu1


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Rooster + buddies=Kubu_1(ROOSTERTERMINATOR)

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Dude where have I denied people believe in the Tokolosh ?

Do you understand the word some /= none ?

This guy is nuts !

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

And if you think all black people sleep on beds with bricks and believe in the Tokolosh you're extremely out of touch. How old are you ? 60 ?

You will find more blacks who believe in angels or the devil than the Tokolosh. More whites too. Angels or the Devil are just as silly a thing to believe in. It just depends on your cultural upbringing. One billion people believe in Shiva, Ramesh etc. 2 billion plus believe in Bhudda. Another billion plus in Islam. Christianity and Judaism bring up the rear.

If you're too indoctrinated by religious dogma to understand the absurdity of beliving in angels,consider many western people believed in faeries and sea monsters 150 years ago.

Kubu_1 said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Rooster

Lying Again ROOSTER but glad to educate your Liberal mind


Felicity Mabuza Suttle admits to do sacrifices to her fore fathers, Charles Thereon admits she believes in the Thokolsh, I mean I do not just saying it, its public knowledge ,maybe as
an Ex pat you are totally out of touch AGAIN with reality,I really do not see them ,as from the stone age, but its freedom of religion .

I know YOUR President believes in paying Labola , marring more than one wife having lots of Children, AND you say I am out of touch, and BTW you know about the aids religion, come

I know your commies/liberal, cannot admit when you are wrong,for you its rejoicing when others are hurting, suffering ,turn against your own kind and as usual spreading your lies

When you try fabricating your own facts/stats PLEASE TRY AND GIVE AT LEAST ONE FACT STRAIGHT, I know it’s impossible for commies but we will do our best to educate ,

Keep on pitching the curve balls we will keep on swinging!!!

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Kubu !. You're a joke. Try make one coherant post and I will repond to you. You clearly have a lot of issues and chips on your shoulder and they are coming out like puss everytime you try communicate.

Kubu_1 said... .....Click here to refresh this blog


It is always a pleasure to try to educate liberals/communist like yourself

R said :Some black people might believe in the Tokolosh

In a country with a population 1 white to 10 blacks excluding other races,50 % of them out
Workless, infected with aids ,YOU SAY ONLY SOME BELIEVE IN THOKOLOSH.

A LOT believes in witchcraft, forefather spirits not ONLY A FEW. LAIR

You are totally out of touch since you came back as an ex pat, what happened? Government
Saw you’re a communist and booted you right back.

As for my mind going strange places its true, I treated you in the mental institution you were
if I can recall not thinking, you’re a god ,a RACIST, feeling of left out, lack of feeling loved etc.

As for the chip on my shoulder I do not rejoice when people are hurting, your child like
Behavior when people try and tell you ,YOU are WRONG, No compassion for all good people
that’s been slaughtered in South Africa, not seeing their facts of the GENOCIDE, laughing
and leaving obscene remarks on web pages that’s been shut down, due the fact that THAT IS
What THEY believed , not be a responsible citizen and try to upkeep the right to freedom
of expression, you’re a bad person.

South Africans is being slaughter and your remarks is “I stayed on a farm with your doors
wide open”, You right that is not lying it is TOTALLY WRONG.

After 30 comments and crucifying everyone, no one believed your cooked STAT anyway.

What happened of your meds again !!!!

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anon - March 1, 2011 5:02 PM

Your comment somehow ended up in the spam folder. I’m not sure how Blogger manages this, but it’s becoming a real pain to go back and check what has been blocked, and what not! (Thanks to The Roost…)

Thank you for providing the link to the BBC article Are humans still evolving by Darwin's natural selection?

I read the article, but somehow get the impression that the evolutionists will suck anything out of their thumbs (and twist research conclusions) to support a theory, which I believe is flawed…. but that is my opinion. To explain why I feel this way, goes beyond the scope of this posting.

You may, however, find the following article on this blog interesting. The article reveals some of my thoughts related to the evolution and creation theories, as well as the so-called Out-of-Africa theory.

Here’s the link>> Unravelling the mystery of South Africa’s ancient stone structures

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha ! Now he claims evolution is false ! Something proven in labs and easy to understand if you take the effort. Wow, what a fail !

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Kubu_1. Shut the fuck up until you make some fucking sense.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Did Tia not say the evolution theory is flawed? I believe there is a big difference between the terms “flawed “ and “incorrect”. I think the article about South Africa’s ancient stone structures was brilliant. Much food for thought there!

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Rooster

You do realize that you are not welcome here, don’t you, …. or should I illuminate the reasons why, so that you can understand this once and for all?

You have a nasty tendency to begin and end your comments with some or other distasteful remark, which offends me as well as readers of this blog.
Your opening and closing statements are so immature, that the words in-between whether it makes sense or not do not stimulate rational debate at all! In fact, 9 out 10 times you comments have no bearing on the subject!
Your uncontrollable urge to scorn others in a rather uncouth manner is contaminating this blog!

Just remember one thing my friend: You have an entire posting on your blog dedicated to ridiculing mine. I can also stoop to your level and do the same.

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