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?