Thursday, 25 January 2007


Former Chief Whip Tony Yengeni was released from Malmesbury Prison on 15th January.

He conducted a traditional cleansing ceremony at his parent's home in Gugulethu. The ceremony involved the slaughter of a bull and there was a huge outcry from animal lovers and the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) after my photograph (see above) appeared in the local and national press.

Sandile Mamela - spokeperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture is quoted in the Cape Argus "This is definitely not an SPCA matter, because it is not about cruelty to animals. Instead, it is about man's search for meaning, purpose and the redefinition of the relationship with the cosmos, God and his ancestry...
It is the constitutional right of all indigenous families and communities to perform rituals that reconnect them to their ancestors. That promotes peace of mind in their lives."

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