Aniel Ndlovu-tortoise (1)

‘The poor animals had nowhere to go’

Nhlalwenhle Ncube
COWDRAY Park residents are reportedly living in fear of a man who keeps tortoises at his home.

Anniel Ndlovu has been caught up in a witchcraft storm as his neighbours find his keeping of tortoises strange and frightening.

Multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity in fear of war with their neighbour said they do not understand why someone would choose to keep creatures such as tortoises for no apparent reason.

“Ndlovu keeps tortoises at his home. During the day they are seen moving around the yard. It is scary,” said a neighbour.

His behaviour has led them to speculate.

“Maybe it’s because we are blacks and that is the reason we do not understand such behaviour. Have you ever seen a black person innocently breeding tortoises?

“There is nothing like that. We think there is more to it. One day is one day, all the secrets will come out,” said a fuming resident.

The superstitions around the breeding of tortoises seemed to be at a certain level as some residents were likening it to breeding snakes saying it goes hand in hand with witchcraft.

However, the soft spoken Ndlovu laughed off the issue saying he loves nature.

“Every man has to protect nature. I saw it fit to keep the tortoises as the bush was being burnt and the poor animals had nowhere to go.

“When our children grow up, they should find these things still available and if we do not protect these animals, who will?” said Ndlovu.

He said it was unfortunate that some residents killed the tortoises for food instead of protecting them.

“People should preserve nature and now I have released those tortoises, I no longer have them at my home. Only people who hate you can always think the worst and this is what’s happening to me,” said Ndlovu.

Ndlovu’s wife never took the matter lightly as she demanded names of neighbours who were complaining.

“Tell us the names of neighbours who told you and what is bothering them even if we had the tortoises,’” said the fuming woman.

According to African beliefs, a tortoise can be kept by a person for enrichment purposes and its shell can be used to boost the immune system.