Very strange things are currently happening at a military base causing hundreds of terrified students to flee the mysterious place.
According to the students it all started only days after they arrived for their four-month character-building programme at the military base.
The 3SAI Army Base in Kimberley. South Africa is having difficulties handling the situation and officials are denying the students' claims.
Several students were so scarred that the fled and slept outside the Roodepan police station.
"Hundreds of us have seen and experienced supernatural events taking place at the military base. Some have seen a snake that keeps on terrorising us,
while others have lost consciousness for unexplained reasons. We have told officials about the events but they have done nothing to allay our fears.
Mass hysteria among hundreds of young students participating in the National Rural Youth Service Corps saw them fleeing the 3SAI Army Base in Kimberley
and seeking refuge at the Roodepan police station. Photo: Soraya Crowie
"Even the chaplain at the base has been called to pray for us but when we told him about these supernatural events he laughed," the terrified students said.
When the DFA arrived at the police station on Tuesday morning, close to 200 students were gathered in the station premises. Some were also walking from the
military base to the station.
"There is about 700 of us who are involved in this programme, but only a few want to remain at the base. We have been told that more students are coming
from the base to join us," some of the students said.
According to IOL News
many of the students "boycotted the meals at the base on Sunday morning after one of the students, who apparently uses witchcraft, had told them that she
and six other students she was working with had poisoned the food.
"This student told us that one of us would die if we ate breakfast on Sunday morning.
As a result we have stopped eating at the base. This particular student confessed to senior officials that she and six other people were practising
witchcraft but the officials did not believe her," the students claimed.
Some of the students added that the student, who confessed to being a witch, had prophesied the death of a Narysec student at a facility in the Eastern Cape.
"We woke up today (on Tuesday) to reports that a Narysec student, who was supposed to travel from a facility in the Eastern Cape to 3SAI, had died.
We know that people may not believe us or may think that we are not sane, but how can close to 700 of us be mad?
"There is something supernatural going on at that military base and the officials know about the ghosts there," the students said. "
Something unexplained is happening at the military base, students say. Photo: Soraya Crowie
Later on Tuesday, chaos erupted at the Roodepan police station when officials from the national Department of Rural Development and Land Reform,
which is responsible for the Narysec programme, demanded that students who wanted to go home hand back the departmental clothing issued to them.
"This is madness… you (referring to the department officials) can go ahead and open cases against us but we will not leave the clothes that we are
wearing," the students said.
They said that the officials had instructed them to give back the department's tracksuits, bags and toiletries if they wanted to drop out of the
"These officials told us that if we leave the military base, we are effectively dropping out of the Narysec programme. But the officials have
forced us out of the programme because we proposed that we be moved to a different venue or facility because of the supernatural things that are happening at the base.
"They refused to listen to us and, instead, have threatened to open cases of theft against us if we fail to return the items given to us," the
They pointed out that although they had not eaten for two days and had slept outside the police station, the officials of the department had
not organised food for them or any alternative accommodation.
Spokeswoman for the base, Melidie Tidbury, referred the media to the head of the base, Colonel Sipho Nziweni.
Nziweni denied claims of witchcraft at the military base.
"I do not know how the students, who believe in witchcraft, have experienced it but I have no knowledge of witchcraft at the base. But it is
interesting that 105 of the 380 students who wanted to leave the base have come back," Nziweni said.
He pointed out that only a fraction of the Narysec students wanted to leave the base.
For the moment one of the mass intriguing questions remain unanswered - What exactly did cause the mass hysteria?
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