The following news clipping about the arrest of some bogus witchdoctors has just attracted a most extraordinary comment:
Four bogus witchdoctors were arrested in Witbank for allegedly defrauding a man of R48 500, Mpumalanga police said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said the four illegal immigrants were arrested on Wednesday.
“It all started when the complainant picked up a pamphlet from a distributor in town. Amongst other things, it informed the readers about doctors who could assist to cleanse bad luck.”
According to Hlathi the man went to borrow R38 000 from the bank and borrowed R20 000 from his employer and gave the doctors R48 500.
He said the man went back to the doctors who instructed him to put the money in a trunk which was full of R100 notes.
The trunk was found empty and they were charged with fraud, corruption and being in the country illegally. Three were from Uganda and the other was from Kenya.
They will appear in the Witbank magistrate’s court on Friday. –
And here’s the comment:
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At first I thought it must be a bogus hotel (what hotel closes at 7:00 pm?), but it appears that it really exists, or at least it has a web page.
The response seems to be the ulimate non sequitur. Why should a report of bogus witchdoctors in Mpumalanga lead to a call for staff at a London Hotel — unless, perhaps, the hotel is going to be hosting a convention for bogus witchdoctors? After all, the hotel does boast facilities for 40 conferences simultaneously, so a conference for bogus witchdoctors is not beyond the realms of possibility. And, according to the original report, there is a lot of money to be made by being a bogus witchdoctor, so hnaving a bogus witchdoctors’ convention at such a hotel is not quite beyond the realms of possibility, with a lot of imagination.
But the mind still boggles.