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Management to probe alleged ‘Satanism’ at Fokothi

by Lesotho Times
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’Mantoetse Maama

A PARENTS and management meeting held at Lerotholi Polytechnic on Monday this week heard how some “devil worshippers” and the alleged discovery of human skulls at the college during a prayer-session aimed at cleansing the institution.

The meeting preceded the reopening of the college, which was closed indefinitely on 26 August this year following the death of two first-year students the previous month.

It is suspected that the learners died during an initiation ceremony that first-year students are traditionally subjected to at the government-owned institution, popularly known as Fokothi.

However, according to the college’s Registrar, Hlomelang Majara, the management only heard about the skulls and Satanism during Monday’s meeting.

“The meeting had been called to inform parents about the reopening of the college (on Tuesday), after it was shut down indefinitely on August 26 following the death of two of our students.

“However, it came as a surprise to hear during the meeting that some human skulls had been found at the college, and that some of the students could be involved in Satanism. The management is investigating the matter as it had not been communicated to us. We don’t know where in the school compound, the skulls they were talking about had been found, and by who,” Advocate Majara said.

“However, we pleaded with the parents to talk to their children so that they can desist from this practice that has resulted in the death of other learners.”

According to a parent who attended Monday’s meeting, one of the college’s lecturers told the gathering that the staff had held a prayer session with female members of different congregations on Friday week, at the college.

“The lecturer said it was during the prayer session that human skulls were found in the school compound. She told the shocked parents that they had to pray very hard for the revelations, and also that there were some weird drawings on the walls of the college toilets. The lecturer said they suspected the drawings were related to devil-worshipping, or Satanism, and that the school would paint the walls to remove the strange drawings.”

Meanwhile, parents were asked to sign forms pledging to ensure their children adhere to the college’s regulations, during Monday’s meeting.

“In the event that my child breaches any of the rules and regulations governing the Lerotholi Polytechnic, I shall assist the institution in ensuring that all the necessary legal measures are taken and shall accept the outcome of such measures, should the proceeding confirm the guilt of my child,” reads the undertaking

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