Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Time To Consult The Ancestors In A Bid To Stop The Road Carnage: Seriaas

This article follows the theme of bone in the nose backwardness. Whilst on that topic, henceforth I have decided to call Julius Malema, Boney M, for obvious reasons.

A South African community living alongside a deadly road aims to end the carnage by performing a ceremony to appease their ancestors, including spilling the blood of animals on the tarmac, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

The Moloto Road, which runs from Pretoria into neighbouring Mpumalanga province, has witnessed several horrific smashes in recent months.

In October, a minibus taxi veered out of control, killing 12 passengers, while in November, 15 people were killed in separate incidents involving bigger public buses, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The affected stretch of road runs through the ancestral lands of the Moletji community, whose leader Kgosi (chief) Kgabo Moloto III has announced plans for a night vigil on the road in the New Year.

After the vigil, which would be attended by community members and transport industry representatives, animals would be slaughtered in a ritual performed to appease the ancestors, the Sowetan quoted the chief as saying.

Many Africans (read Blacks) believe their ancestors have power over their fate and perform offerings to try to keep them appeased.

South Africa has one of the world's highest rate of road fatalities.

More than 14,000 people are killed on the roads each year, many during Christmas, when large numbers of South Africans hit the road to spend the holidays by the beach and drink-driving is rife.

Between Dec 1 and 26, despite government's Arrive Alive road safety campaign, 840 people were killed on the roads, according to the transport department.

5 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

So, let's slaughter innocent animals to appease the ancestors. You just can't make this sh*t up. Wonder if it's ever occured to them that the drivers were at fault? Instead of SA going forwards, it seems to be returning to its hunter-gatherer roots mighty quickly. We only have to look to Zuma and his increasing harem of beauties to see just how progressive the country has become.

Anonymous said...

Columnist Fred Khumalo satirised this custom of shedding blood to appease the ancestors in the latest issue of the Sunday Times (I've thrown it away by now.)

He went so far as to joke that if your daughter fails matric then a jealous neighbour cast a spell on her so you need to slaughter a goat to get the ancestors back on your side.

Edmund Burke said superstition is the religion of feeble minds. I wonder how many of the feeble minded travelling our roads have valid driver's licenses.

Pensioner said...

Stop the Slaughter on our roads, kill innocent animals as sacrifice to the ancestors. makes sense? NOT

Anonymous said...

And how exactly do you know that their so-called "primitive" beliefs are wrong and our so-called "Western" "righteous" beliefs that souls of loved ancestors go to heaven or hell after death are right? Is it even possible to know these things 100% for sure? In ancient times Jews used to slaughter sheep and goats as well. Nothing unique to blacks here.

Tim Johnston said...

@Anon, please.

"In ancient times Jews used to slaughter sheep and goats as well"

the operative words being "in ancient times".

and our ancestors used to club women over the head and drag them by the hair to our caves.

We stopped doing that.

Can you not see the logical disconnect between these kind of sacrifices, and driving cars?

It's the juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern, the superstitious and the technological, that gives rise to criticism in this case.

That, and the cruelty involved in ritual sacrifices.