reply to post by EyeHeartBigfoot
Interestingly an Afrikaans newspaper published a skeptical article on Satanism in SA last month.
This was a courageous move, since Christians had previously threatened to boycott the paper when a columnist - Deon Maas - wrote that satanists also
deserve religious freedom. Maas obviously meant the LaVeyans, and not the baby killing sects of popular Christian propaganda, but they cannot
distinguish between the two.
The article titled "Where are all the Satanists?" (by Johannes de Villiers) is unfortunately in Afrikaans, although there is a translate button,
resulting in a garbled translation, but it does have an illustration:
De Villiers refers to one of the first sensationalist articles in the popular magazine "Die Huisgenoot".
A man claimed to be a former satanic priest, and that there were 40-90 000 satanists in SA in 1978.
The satanic-panics were thus constructed, and many of them in conservative (boring) rural villages.
Yet, despite all these claims there was no evidence.
The "Huisgenoot" author defended his 1978 article in a letter the following week.
There were satanists in prison, he claimed (without being specific), and the police had an occult unit.
Why would the police have a unit for something that didn't exist?
So Jonker and the occult cops were given as evidence in themselves, in a circular argument.
In the post-apartheid period where Vlakplaas and the death squads have been exposed, it is strange that anyone would still have such unwavering faith
in what a former cop said.
In any case, satanic-panic was informed by similar material from the US, and several pastors wrote books and lectured on the dangers of satanism.
Whatever the truth, it was quite a big industry.
An army of believers soon claimed to have been former satanists, but there was never any evidence beyond fantastical claims.
Unfortunately I don't have Jonker's books with me right now.
I recall two photos - one of a black child skinned in a muti ritual.
The other showed a woman in a black cloak with what appears to be a skinned cat.
The rest are mainly pencil drawings, and a lot of horrific claims.
There seem to have been a few disturbed teens and isolated people who probably took a lot of the info from magazines and Christian books to create
their own self-styled satanism.
I recall using Christian books to get details on LaVey's rituals, since The Satanic Bible was banned.
The sensationalist portrayals caused a lot of curiosity.
Jonker apparently has an exhibition room with a lot of evidence, and things like candles made of human fat, however I've never seen them examined by
an independent source.
In one program he took the Wiccan celebrity - Donna Darkwolf Vos - into this room, and there were things like Buddha statues and a fantasy poster of a
magician, along with what appear to be muti fetishes.
The program was a bit of a reconciliation between Jonker and the pagans he once harassed, although as a Christian he refused to attend one of their
ceremonies, and had it explained to him on video.
Pity I can't recall the title or find it on Youtube.
I remember from my Christian days during the satanic-panic that satanists could apparently curse ordinary objects, so any New Age statue, tape or book
could be evidence - it was pretty ridiculous.
The other "evidence" would be satanic graffiti under the village bridge or in a storm-pipe, which was immediately viewed as evidence of an active
It was even a bit of bizarre fun making these horrific claims, and I recall seeing this girl with a big smile on her face talking the biggest load of
crap about how the satanists watched her house, and she saw a child being sacrificed.
I vaguely recall that Jonker claimed a satanic coven was called The Brotherhood of the Ram, which turned out to be a rather displeased Masonic-type
group. So there was a lot of mistaken identity and mixing things up.
I think he took things as evidence as he went along.
But still, there were some pretty sick people who killed animals for fun and so forth, so I wouldn't entirely dismiss the odd self-styled satanist or
group, who took their influences from horror movies, LaVey, the Christian devil, muti and witchcraft. However we are never given details of the
rituals and invocations, just grisly lists of so-called satanic crimes. They seem to have been so busy murdering people and cats that they probably
had little time for writing rituals and theological considerations (sarcasm).
In the pre-Jonker days an author called P.J. Haasbroek wrote a book on occultism in SA titled: "Die Duiwel is Los" (The devil is loose) (1978). This
does seem to describe a real ritual in Durban, where the coven chant "Yod He Vau He" and dance around a goat's head. However they are simply called
"witches", and they don't do anything criminal. At that stage there was little of the differentiation that anti-occult preachers have to do
I'd say if there was organized satanism it happened very high up in the echelons of social and religious power, and it had nothing to do with
school-children, or disturbed individuals who dabbled in the occult.
There may be things that Dr. Jonker isn't telling.
According to the De Villiers article in Rapport the ruling National Party had already decided at a congress in 1974 that it was all nonsense, and that
press articles relied on claims made in books rather than a real phenomenon.
Which makes one wonder why they formed an occult unit.
edit on 2-6-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)