Villagers and authorities at Majiji Primary School in Bubi, Matabeleland North Province were forced to invite a self-styled prophetess to “cleanse” the school following mysterious occurrences.
The school was forced to close last month after school children, female teachers and women in nearby villages were tormented by what they suspected to be goblins.
The prophetess, Sithembiso Moyo, said the “spirit” of a male teacher who died at the school some time ago was responsible for the unnatural occurrences.
A cleansing ceremony was conducted at the school last Friday, with the affected teachers, parents and villagers from surrounding areas in attendance. Said Moyo:
There is a spirit of a male teacher who died at the school. The family of the long-deceased teacher failed to perform traditional rituals to cleanse his spirit from the school and his spirit is now troubled.
It is today that we get rid of it and make sure that the spirit of the late teacher will be exorcised and tamed so that he rests in peace.
Moyo also claimed that the other problem was caused by a strange goat that has remained roaming at the school, and whose owners are not known.
School Development chairperson John Sibanda confirmed that a cleansing ceremony was held at the school on Friday. He said:
She began her cleansing rituals last Friday on a cold rainy day. She gathered the affected teachers and the nearby villagers.
One teacher testified that she had been seeing a shadowy figure that would ‘strangle’ her. During the process, she would be powerless to fight back.
The same strange shadow would sexually abuse her, which is terrifying. We hope that the ceremony yields positive results.