Ritual Cow Slaughter For 2010 World Cup
“We must have a cultural ceremony of some sort, where we are going to slaughter a beast,” explained the Trust’s chairman Zolani Mkiva.
“We sacrifice the cow for this great achievement and we call on our ancestors to bless, to grace, to ensure that all goes well. It’s all about calling for the divinity to prevail for a fantastic atmosphere,” said Mkiva.
Animal rights advocates are not so keen on the idea. The National Council for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has written to Fifa over it.
The plan does have support within the ANC-run government. Sicelo Shceka, the co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister, said, “The World Cup will be on the African continent and we will make sure that African values and cultures are felt by the visitors.”
Next year’s World Cup Games will be held for the first time in Africa, and organizers are looking for ways to put the “old” South Africa to rest once and for all, and showcase a “new” South Africa.
“There is great power in this (South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup),” said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“It is a time to present a different story of the African continent, a story of peace, democracy and investment,” he said.