Cape Town has a history involving the supernatural, and some of its most famous places are said to be home to restless spirits, at least one of whom favours New Year’s Eve, writes
flee the harsh rule of the governor during the 1720s, and were sentenced to death for their failed escape attempt.
At the hanging, which the governor refused to attend, the last soldier to receive his sentence cursed the governor with his dying breath. When officers went to report to the governor, they found him dead in his chair with a look of sheer terror on his face. The governor is said to still roam, unable to escape the soldier’s curse.
The Lady in Grey is another apparition said to haunt the castle. Her ghost apparently has been seen covering her face as if she is crying. But this ghost has been largely invisible since the skeleton of a woman was found during excavation, fuelling suspicions that the Lady was finally set free from the walls of the castle. IT WOULD be no surprise if some thought a hospital to be haunted by tormented spirits, but the hospital boasts some friendly ghosts who are said to help staff with their work.
One is believed to be that of a young nurse who committed suicide after she contracted an incurable disease during World War II. Her spirit is said to have taken up residence in the hospital, and to have a calming effect on staff.
A sister with white eyes is also said to roam the corridors, frightening anyone who gazes at her face, while another ghost, known as Sister Fatima, reportedly tries to help nurses doing their rounds by handing out drinks to patients when the trolley is left unattended.
The ghost of a young man is also said to wander the corridors after he fell to his death while desperately trying to escape the upper floors of the hospital for an unknown reason. THE SUBURB of Mowbray was once known as Driekoppen (three heads), after the heads of three slaves were put on spikes for the murder of a local innkeeper. Making the tale even more gruesome is that the heads are said to have been fed to hyenas. Some say that the howls of the animals can still be heard in the dead of night.
A room at the Little Barn is also said to be haunted by slaves who were housed there.
An old man, wearing 18th-century clothing, can sometimes be seen floating in a bedroom at the 17th century house, Westoe.
APPARITIONS: The Castle of Good Hope has its share of gruesome ghosts.