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OUR SANC­TI­MO­NIOUS Cul­ture Min­is­ter Pallo Jor­dan has blasted the SPCA over its in­ten­tion to lay charges against con­victed fraud­ster and ANC hero Tony Yen­geni for stab­bing an ox or some­thing be­fore it was hacked to death by rev­ellers wel­com­ing him back from jail.

Let us put aside the mat­ter of hy­giene, of urine, fae­ces, blood and or­gans spew­ing out in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood as an un­for­tu­nate beast bel­lows and groans its way to a cruel and painful death.

Jor­dan is­sued a “cau­tion” – what­ever that might mean – to those who “con­demn those who prac­tise their rit­u­als, es­pe­cially Africans”.

Oh, re­ally? How about rit­ual ston­ing to death for adul­ter­ers? That’s a cul­tural norm in some so­ci­eties. Then there’s rit­ual hu­man sac­ri­fice, held sa­cred by some as a cul­tural rit­ual.

And for those liv­ing in high-rises in­stead of cul­tural huts, how do you get an ox into a lift?

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