The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: The Darkness Will Consume Us

opinion

WHY do we blindly believe in things we can't explain? I don't know if it is the fumes from Kupferberg but Unam has all of a sudden become the Mecca of the strange and unexplained.

A Unam student was stabbed to death by a fellow student at the university's hostel in Windhoek on Friday. The suspect was arrested after he stabbed his fellow student 14 times and promptly reported for class, still rocking his blood-stained shoes. He was taken for psychiatric observation.

He apparently told his friends that he couldn't get an erection, that he experienced memory loss and back pain. His friends prayed for him. They believed there was a demonic spirit at work in him. And that my friend is what was wrong with the chap. This is a guy who probably had mental issues and a simple checkup by the university's psychologist and nurse (whose services are offered for free) would have detected that. But we turn to the gods to help us with things like erectile dysfunction. Isn't it like repeatedly clicking on the Microsoft Explorer icon and expecting Facebook to open while you are not connected to the internet?

FAIL!

It's scary when you realise how many people believe in witchcraft, tokolosies, baljas, the power of black cats and coarse salt. Whenever our small minds can't explain something or we've drunk or gambled ourself into some serious financial problems we always feel 'someone is busy with us'.

Worst is when we drive all the way to Gobabis or Katima Mulilo so the elders can wash us in their concoctions. I've heard of football teams washing their nets in cow piss, mysterious herbs and bones of dead animals. Some even order their players to wash in these potions, bought at great cost from that Bushman toppie from Gobabis, so that they can win. There's usually no money-back guarantee and no mention of the money spent if the team fails. Apparently it's so bad that

if you go to Gobabis you have to wear your underwear back- to-front to avoid falling prey to those evil spirits.

And it's not just Unam.

Drama unfolded at Augustineum Secondary School in Windhoek recently, after the principal accused teachers and pupils of bewitching her and attempting to topple her from her position.

We entrust these guys to shape the minds of our children...

From time to time we have reports of mysterious creatures that eat farm animals. They usually turn out to be hungry dogs. Also, the north is notorious for kids consumed by fits and huts that spontaneously combust. I have, however, never seen any conclusive evidence of a higher power when NBC cameras are around.

A weekly newspaper recently reported that a girl from Rehoboth "confessed to satanism". However, it was clear that neither the journalist, nor the girl who 'confessed' nor the pastor who are supposed to council the 'fallen' girls have any clue about satanism. One of the girl's friends apparently offered her mother to the devil and the pastor said it can be done.

Seriously? What utter kak!

These kids need a moerse old fashioned pakslae and a hug. The pastor must reconsider his position as he is clearly not suited to counsel a cold turd but the business of tithes is a cut throat one.

One genius who was caught impersonating lawyer Sisa Namandje, also blamed witchcraft for his actions. The school dropout who reportedly holds two fake diplomas in theology (surprise, surprise) and law said he was "bewitched by two snakes in his chest and head, which make him do funny things."

Maybe all of these things are not so unexplainable. Maybe we should just all wake the hell up and smell the piss we're drowning in.

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