Police use tear gas to disperse curious mob
Maun residents who wanted to see the woman who was said to have changed into a snake
Police in Maun had a hectic time on Tuesday controlling a curious crowd that gathered outside the house of a woman who had allegedly turned into a snake.
Riot police were deployed to maintain law and order after allegations spread fast throughout the village that Tebelelo Manga, 52 had turned into a snake from the waist down.
The strange news caused so much curiosity that police had to use force and tear gas shelling to disperse a stamped of a strong crowd of onlookers who besieged Manga’s yard in Boseja to catch a glimpse of the alleged half snake. half human sight.
The mother of nine allegedly turned into a snake in the early morning hours of Tuesday at her house where she was discovered by one of her children whose alarmed screams attracted people’s attention to the strange happenings inside the house.
The incident, according to sources close to the woman was a culmination of bizarre developments that have been happening to Manga over the last several months.
An eye witness who claimed to have been one of the first people to arrive on the scene claimed that she saw an ill looking Manga lying down wrapped in a blanket from the waist down.
“I really can’t confirm whether she had the body of a snake or not because she was wrapped in a blanket, but her lower body seemed like it was moving like a snake.
The whole thing was eerie,” said the source who did not want to be named.
The same eye witness who knew Manga prior to the incident went on to talk about how, over the last few months the woman who made a living by selling clothes and jewellery at the market had been acting extremely strange and also developing facial hair.
“She had started a very strange habit of hiding from potential clients at her stall in the main mall or simply chasing them away, instead of selling to them and the hair on her face was growing,” She said
Family members however dismissed allegations levelled against Manga as, “stories created by jealous people who hate the family.”
Manga’s brother, Mobita Seboba told The Voice in an interview that the sister had to be whisked away to a place of safety to avoid the possibility of her being killed like a snake by the community.
“We had to move her to a place of safety after the mob started throwing stones at her house.”
Seboba and her other sister, Maretha said that troubles started after their sister developed a habit of not talking to her customers at the bus rank where she sold clothes.
” She would go to the bus rank with clothes in a bag and spend the whole day without opening her bags or even talking to customers. We planned as a family to take her to a church for treatment but one of her daughters objected.”
Seboba said that when her condition got worse, Manga decided to become a recluse and locked herself up in the house which led her suspicious neighbours to come up with the snake theory.
Officer Commanding for the area, Senior Superintendent Robert Masidi said the story was nothing but an unfortunate urban legend. “People have a tendency of creating such stories, but its simple knowledge that people can’t turn into snakes.
Although no one was hurt, Masidi said that police investigations were on to identify and possibly charge those who incited violence against the woman.