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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Only in Africa...

from South Africa Sucks blog:

1.  ‘Black magic goat’ in custody

January 30 2009 at 11:11AM

A goat in Nigeria is being held on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

A group of concerned citizens turned the creature over to police, claiming it was a robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat.

Police spokesman Tunde Mohammed said: “The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them.

However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat. We cannot confirm the story but the goat is in custody.”

Residents flocked to see the imprisoned animal, whose story made the national news. - Bang Bizarre


2. ANC chief reckons “Violent storms preventable”


Durban - Violent storms can be prevented in KwaZulu-Natal if 2009 is made a year of renewed care for the environment, environmental affairs MEC Mtolephi Mthimkhulu said on Thursday.

“Over the past two months KZN has been the playground for bad weather as a result of global changes.”
He said the changes were a direct result of the “unfriendly way we have been treating our environment”.

“… violent storms, heavy rain, wind… can be prevented only if we can all make this year a year of renewed care for the environment,” he said. Mthimkhulu said the department’s objectives were to fight the global weather changes by helping children understand global warming.

The department together with Independent Publishers are expected to produce a book for school children to study global warming. “Through this book, we hope to ensure that learners correctly understand the impact of global warming,” said the MEC.

His address at the Hilton Hotel in Durban comes after several violent thunderstorms devastated various parts of the province. Since the start of the year at least 20 people have died in separate storms, some of whom were struck dead by lightning while inside their homes.


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