On Monday the Reader delivered this post by 23thorns about a high ranking police officer who brought in a sangoma* to investigate a break-in at his office. Just in case you think 23thorns is making this up, here’s the link to the actual news report.
But that’s not what I want to talk about. Someone asked in the comments whether something like this will hold up in court. I jokingly replied whether he really wanted to know and got the following reply:
“I think someone else mentioned it, but this is a dangerous stand…. I hope you are flying under the radar.”
There was another comment on the post asking whether it was “safe to wax political in SA”.
I don’t know what upset me most about these comments – whether it was the fact that this is the view these people have of South Africa, or whether they are cautioning us to be careful about what we say. Continue reading “On speaking out”