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Satanism linked to suicides of two girls
Parents of two schoolgirls who committed suicide in Soweto are worried after one of them left a note indicating she was involved with a satanic cult.
“I am tired of this satanism. I can’t leave them, so I am hanging myself,” the note left by Ntombikayise Tshabalala read.
The 17-year-old girl killed herself on Tuesday afternoon.
Yesterday her young neighbour Delisile Mbhadane, 12, also hanged herself.
She had asked her mother whether she had heard of Ntombikayise killing herself and about her note.
Her mother, Busisiwe Mbhadane, told Sowetan that her daughter asked her: “Mother, what would you do if I hanged myself?”
Mbhadane answered that she would give her a hiding.
The girls lived 20metres apart in Zola 2, Soweto.
Tshabalala was a Grade 10 pupil at Lavela Secondary School while Mbhadane was in Grade 5 at Zola Higher Primary School.
Nomakhosi Tshabalala, Ntombikayise’s mother, said: “I cannot explain what I am feeling. I am trying to be strong for my other two kids.
“Ntombikayise has mentioned this satanism church before. We never took her seriously.
“She came home from school as usual on Tuesday and I sent her to the shops.
“When she came back she went straight to her room.”
Tshabalala said 20 minutes later when they checked she was hanging by her shoelaces from an electrical bar on the wall.
Mbhadane’s daughter was found hanging by a tie in a friend’s shack a few streets away from home.
“It baffles me. Delisile was a happy child. She loved playing and dancing,” she said.
The deaths of the two girls have caused a stir in the community and speculation is rife that a ring recruiting the youth to the cult is operating in the area.
Community members and Tshabalala said they know of people in this ring.
Police inspector Kay Makhubela said: “This is a serious concern to us.
“We don’t know why two youngsters would kill themselves within such a short space of time .
“We are investigating and an inquest docket has been opened,” Makhubela said.
Another reason I am so against using the word "Satanism" to describe anything other than the codified religion founded by Anton LaVey is because it gives credence to the above.
If these teens had actually been exposed to The Satanic Bible or www.churchofsatan.com they would be aware that suicide is NOT Satanic, at all. "Life is the great indulgence, death is the great abstinence," is Satanic dogma. We have no patience for those who have allowed their lives to become so boring/damaged/mundane that they kill themselves.
Granted, these two were very young and, frankly, live in a place that is so backwards that my first thought upon reading this was "ah, well, two less savages in the world!"* Africa is so rife with superstitions and literal belief structures that from a religious standpoint they barely have philosophical running water.
Yet the suicides of these two girls will do nothing more than continue that savage tradition. The people there will continue to believe "Satanism" = "devil worship," and is dangerous. The tragedy is that these are the very people genuine Satanism would be helpful to. By accepting personal responsibility, getting off their knees, and striving for their personal best without expecting gods or devils to intercede, they could lift themselves out of the dark ages and feel the pride and power that comes with knowing they did it all themselves!
If there is one issue above all else that Satanists should work for--other than their own personal best interests, of course, it is NEVER letting devil worship/heresy/traditional or theistic "Satanism" be said/written/reported about without clarifying that it is not Satanism, at all. We must continually protect out good name so that we stop being the ultimate scapegoat for the weak!
*Please don't deluge me with accusations of racism. People who do this kind of stupid shit are savages, regardless of race.