Consternation over traditional ritual

Traditional healers, who camped out in the bush in front of Sandawana on West Beach Road on Friday night, caused consternation among residents who called on the authorities to intervene.

Residents feared that they would erect structures and called the police and the fire department on Saturday morning when the group made a fire and cooked the goat they had sacrificed.

The religious group said the municipality also told them they needed to have a permit, which they did not have.

But they said they were not doing anything wrong, but should be allowed to conduct their traditional rites near the ocean in order to make a sacrifice in the ocean and commune with their ancestors.

See this week’s Talk of the Town for full story.


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