POPELA Mamaila was dancing to his music when a group of men pounced at his gogo’s residence on Tuesday.

Popela (18) was visiting his family in Ga-Sekgopo Village, outside Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo. The men from a local initiation school complained that the music was too loud.


They allegedly tried to force Popela to go with them. He said he refused and told them that his music was not too loud.

POPELA Mamaila


Apparently, according to tradition villagers are not allowed to make too much noise during the initiation period.

He said: “These men did not come in peace. They were insulting me. They did not even sit us down when speaking to us.

“I am still in shock and afraid to ever come visit during the initiation period.”

Popela’s gogo, Maupi Sekgopo (78) said she tried to intervene, but failed.

“The men just started insulting me and called me a witch. I am not happy about this. I want the police to take the matter further,” said the angry gogo.

Popela’s cousin, Lobola Sekgopo (36) said: “Tradition does not allow initiation sticks to be brought into a home as it is seen as a curse. But these men did. We now live in fear of what might happen to our home when the initiation ends next week.”

Police were called during the incident and a case of calling someone a witch was opened.

Limpopo police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed the incident.

He said cops were investigating. Sekgopo Traditional Council spokesman Matome Ramohlale said: “This is a personal fight. It’s all about chieftaincy.”

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