Its not everyday you see a story like this. According to a report by Daily Dispatch. A white teenager who goes by the name Chad Baling and have been living with a Xhosa family ever since he became homeless, have undergone the Xhosa Initiation into manhood.
According to one of the people he has been staying with, Xolile Bungu who said they boy begged to be circumcised like other boys;
“This boy took out a R100 note and gave it to me and said he would like to get circumcised just like other Xhosa boys. I laughed out loud but then agreed to take him to the clinic for medical screenings, which went well.” says Xolile Bungu
According to Dispatch, the boy started living with the family when one of their daughter spoke about how homeless he has been and mixing up with the wrong people.
According to the boy, who said he is not that familiar with white peoples culture;
“I am not familiar with white culture. I face lots of abuse from other whites who tell me to stop speaking Xhosa and practising the culture.
“When I was growing up my father used to hit me for speaking the language [Xhosa] in his house.”
He also added that his mother died back in 2007, after which his father was arrested;
“I stayed at the centre until I was kicked out in November 2015.
“I stayed at various addresses with friends until I was homeless.
“Then I met Sisipho at Baysville High. Xhosa culture has always been part of me.”
Baling said he had spent more nights with Xhosa friends in townships than in former white suburbs.
“Before I came here I stayed at Scenery Park in Phase 1 with my friend Chumani James.
“I have always been treated well in townships.”
Sisipho said she felt depressed after she learnt that Baling was living a tough life of substance abuse.
“My friends are friends with Chad’s friends so they told me about his life of drugs and not eating and squatting at the places of wrong people so I spoke to my father.” —
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