KOWTHAR SOLOMONS

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

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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.

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