OTJIWARONGO: The Otjozondjupa regional education directorate has launched an investigation into allegations of Satanism and demonic practices at schools around Otjiwarongo.
It is alleged that learners here are engaging in Satanic practices, reportedly to enable them to pass with distinction.
Acting Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director Cornelia Araes-Shikulo told Nampa on Thursday that the investigations were launched earlier this month.
“We received complaints about Satanic practices at a school here in the first semester, and our regional school counsellor is now busy investigating it,” she noted.
When Nampa spoke to Otjozondjupa regional school counsellor Marianne Prinsloo on Thursday, she confirmed that she has started investigating the allegations so that she can establish concrete proof of whether this is in fact taking place.
She, however, refused to share any information on her initial findings on the basis of confidentiality.
“What do you think will happen to the learners I am investigating? And the ones I have called for questioning?” she asked rhetorically.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told this agency that learners who are recruited into the group involved in Satanism here allegedly suck the blood of black cats.
“Sometimes they cut open their bodies with razorblades, and rub the cats’ blood onto their open wounds. They also regularly attend Satanism meetings,” the source continued.
Allegations are also doing the rounds that some newly-recruited learners carry symbols on their person, which contain phrases such as “I hate God” and “I love Satan”.
The source further stated that there are apparently illuminati (people claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of something) who ‘give fortunes’ to those who make sacrifices involving blood.
It is also claimed that on 25 August this year, a mass anti-Christ baptismal ceremony for new members of the group will be held at an unknown location.
Meanwhile, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo, said he will deploy detectives from his Special Branch to also start investigating these allegations.
“It was never reported to us. But as from now on, I will instruct my police detectives from the Special Branch to investigate it so that we can establish concrete evidence,” Anghuwo stated.