Kefiloe Mothlaping wants to be an educated sangoma

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KEFILOE Mothlaping wants to be an educated sangoma.

But she says she was kicked out of Mabuya Secondary School in Daveyton, east of Joburg this week.

This is the second time she has been sent away and teachers turned her into a laughing stock. “The teacher claimed my calling was upsetting other kids.”

Kefiloe said she didn’t understand how her calling could affect other kids as she wore only her beads to school.

“Since I accepted my calling, teachers have treated me differently.” Kefiloe said she was ill until she accepted her calling. “All I want is education but I am humiliated every day.”

“They don’t understand how accepting my calling saved my life,” she said. “The teachers make fun of me and tell me I have demons,” said Kefiloe. She claimed one teacher humiliated her by making her wash cars.

Kefiloe said teachers told her to stop school and focus on being a sangoma. Mum Sophie Mothlaping said she could no longer bear to see her daughter crying. “Her being a thwasa is not affecting her school work,” said Sophie.

“She goes to her gobela’s house only after school and at the weekend.” Sophie said she was hurt that the school failed to accept Kefiloe’s calling.

“I just want them to leave my child alone. She has accepted her calling. “They have no right to kick her out of school.”

Education spokeswoman Phumla Sekhonyane said: “The department subscribes to the Constitution, which gives the right to anyone to practise any traditional or cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so if it infringes on the rights of others.”

Sekhonyane said any teacher or pupil who feels their right to cultural, religious or traditional practice has been violated has the right to report it.

“The department will be sending officials to look into the matter. The parents have been invited to meet officials.”