Pink house is giving this doctor the blues...

A black doctor, at odds with his white neighbours over the colour of his house, has lodged a complaint of vandalism with police over Pink Panther graffiti on his garden wall.

To a howl of objections, Manduleli Bikitsha insisted on painting his Somerset West, Western Cape, house shocking pink because his ancestors had advised him that the colour would bring him good luck.

Two years ago, "Pink stinks" was daubed on his garden wall, and now "Pink Panther" has been scribbled onto a wall.

Police spokesperson Randall Stoffels confirmed that a case of malicious damage to property was being investigated.

'I'll now be putting up surveillance cameras at my place'
Bikitsha said he had been receiving threatening calls at his surgery and racist letters in his postbox.

"I'm very annoyed. I don't know what they want from me. I'm traumatised by the whole thing. This is my property. I even got a letter which said 'Go back to your homeland and build your pink house there'."


Bikitsha said he had opened a case at the Somerset West police station.

"The letter was also taken to the police. I want fingerprints to be taken. On July 16, I even got a call at work. A white lady told me to be careful and that I'm being watched.

"I'll now be putting up surveillance cameras at my place."

Bikitsha is so determined to stick by his ancestors that he is planning to slaughter an ox at his pink house to thank them for his good fortune.

However, to add to his woes, Bikitsha is now also embroiled in a battle with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals over the slaughter.

He remains defiant about the ox killing, saying it is his cultural prerogative. The SPCA says it's cruelty.

Slaughtering animals in a residential area is illegal under municipal by-laws.

"The SPCA had some opposing views, mentioning cruelty, but I understand they don't know my culture and the significance of what I have to do.

"I can't take it (an ox) to a farm, it won't have that significance. I can buy meat anywhere and braai it. The ox has to bellow, while at the abattoir they just bullet (stun) it and slaughter it quietly," said Bikitsha.

  • This article was originally published on page 5 of The Star on July 20, 2005

Article by: Babalo Ndenze