Residents of Endlovini informal settlement in Khayelitsha believe their water tap is the home of an evil spirit.In the latest incident, a four-year-old boy had a fit and went into what his parents described as a coma after seeing a black snake at the stand pipe.
The boy spent a week in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
It’s not the first time the vision of a black snake at the tap has occurred and residents say the tap turns itself on during the night.
On Tuesday evening last week four-year-old Anathi Nombombo was playing with the water at the tap when he saw the evil snake.
His mother, Mable Nombombo, 48, said on Tuesday at about 7pm she was on her way to a prayer meeting when she saw Anathi playing with the water at the stand pipe close to their home.
But all was not well she returned home.
“When I came back my son was shaking.”
Mable said her boy could “hardly move”.
“He was shouting ‘there’s a snake in the water.’ When I asked him where? He said it was at the stand pipe. We quickly went there but there was no snake. He started to freeze like some one who’s going to have stroke. His eyes turned to brown and twisted.”
She said after shouting about the snake for awhile he stopped speaking and she rushed him to the Harare hospital from where he was transferred to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
But residents say it is not the first time this has happened.
A resident who would only identify herself as Siphokazi, said: “Anathi is a second child to complain about a black snake in that stand pipe. The tap has a dirty spirit. Every morning at two O’Clock you will hear people talking there. When I look there’s no one. Sometimes the tap just opens by itself.”
Sangoma Jwarha Mvulane confirmed there was an evil spirit at the tap.
“The spirit must been caused with death. Maybe some one died next to the stand pipe or it’s because people are throwing dirty muti next to it.”
He said the Nombombo family should thank their ancestors that their boy was alive and had recovered.
Anathi, who has now recovered, said what happened to him was terrible.
“I’m still scared to fetch water because of the snake.” – Nombulelo Damba, West Cape News