Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 4, issue 2, 1984 , pages: 71–77
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1984.10586546


The poem is an ardent attack on ritual murder. The poet is opposed to the man who murders for “muthi” because this shattering practice hinders the progress of the nation. The nation suffers object fear, agitation and above all, helplessness. Everyone fears for their lives and for the lives of their kin. The law is virtually silent on this issue because it is “so and so” (p.23) who murderers for “muthi”. Who then will bring the “muthi” murderer to justice? People know who he is but he is not an ordinary person. What then must happen to him? If anyone ventures to challenge him, will he not murder indiscriminately? (p.8)

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