True African Creepiest Mythbuster

I’m a true creepiest South African Mythbuster, who’s with me or against?

I’ve been raised by my grandmother all my childhood and trust me it is not always fun to hear things we were told when we were younger and not allowed to ask why. I admit the fact that the presence of elders especially when they are telling stories they convey a sense of reality to such an extent that they make a myth even more believable. Ask me why?. I’m going to share some of the creepiest myth my grandmother used to make me believe…Please don’t fall for it too haha!! If you ever thought about mysterious African stories then it’s  worth reading this article.

  1. Collecting water late at night. In my culture (Sepedi) we are not allowed to collect water from the outside tap into the house, they say we are inviting ourselves bad lucks, you loose your dignity and can invite things like “Tokoloshe” or witchcraft into the family. It is the same as when your neighbor come and ask for salt, say they were cooking and later realised that they have no salt and decide to come and ask from your house, that was not allowed at all. We were suppose to pretend or lie about it saying maybe we have also ran out or make up a story. Leaving the mob and broomstick outside they had a similar consequence.
  2. Jumping a broomstick. They usually say if you jump a broomstick especially if you are female you will never get married. Trust me I’ve seen a lot of my cousins and some of my relatives getting married today and they used to jump broomsticks. Not that I encourage you to jump them girls…
  3. Life after death. My grandmother told me a story about about a young boy who his family thought he died (Poka) that was his name. I know it sound weird I thought the same..The was a bakery they knew about and it didn’t make a lot of money so they decided to kill a young boy and use his body parts to attract many customers (Ngoma). We were also told that when we die someone (witch) can wake you up and make you work for them. If they don’t have money they will send you to a house where they have money and you will have to steal from them. It work the same way with anything the witch wants. Last but least, we were told that when we die we wake up in another town where you will start over your life again…
  4. Going outside after midnight. We were not allowed to go outside after midnight. We were told that if we go, we were going to see things that walks only at night and if it happens that you see them you go blind and if you scream you will be voiceless. They believed that things at night can take your voice so you won’t be able to tell what you saw…
  5. Township pets. We were told it was a taboo for a black person to have a cat or monkey as their pets and if they did they used them for witchcraft. Funny enough even when they see a friendly bird, dove or any animal that associate with human it’s witchcraft. They will usually say someone has sent it to do weird things to you…

By: Fortunate Machaba


  1. Thanks for taking us so much back in time. Those were the days when parents had great control over what happened or got to be heard or seen by their children. These myths played a greater part in keeping the youth in the straight and the narrow. No one want to be a “Thomas”, or fall victim to such. Thus none of the youth wanted to have first hand experience of such. I still admire and comment the craftiness of the parents of that in instilling discipline in the youth. What fascinates me the most is that they knew you wouldn’t​ dare try to prove that not knowing or being sure about the ultimate result of your action(s).



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