Cape Town - First it was the Charlie Charlie game, now parents are being warned that the Stikeez toys are “a new demonistic plot to steal our children for Satan”.
The tiny toys introduced by Pick n Pay last month, is the latest craze among South Africans.
While the retailer has had huge success with their latest marketing gimmick, it has also sparked humorous responses on the internet, including a Facebook group warning people against the evils of Stikeez.
According to the satirical Facebook group, South Africans against Dagga and Satan, the Stikeez are nothing but “miniature demons”.
Gangs of Stikeez have been seen on the internet, practising their voodoo, “sacrificing” innocent victims like Jelly Babies and Minions.
After doing their own “investigation”, the group claims ”giving your child even one Stikeez is equivalent to sacrificing him to satan over and over again”.
The administrator of the Facebook group claims they called on a “renowned demonisticologist” to investigate.
“These Stikeez are clearly miniature demons,” says the anonymous “expert”.
“There can be absolutely no doubt these are not harmless toys but satanistic fetishes, designed to soften up our children for subsequent satanic penetration.”
The group has also managed to link Stikeez to the supernatural Charlie Charlie game.
“Are they also behind the recent emergence of the Mozambican demon game Charlie Charlie in our schools?” they ask.
Social media has been abuzz with people posting photographs of the “demonic” Stikeez sacrificing several beloved toys.
Prince George Drive Primary School principal, Lameez Rabbaney, who recently called in spiritual leaders to teach children about the dangers of playing Charlie Charlie, says she is not worried about Stikeez – yet.
Lameez says: “I had a [staff member] who reported a learner because he had Stikeez and she told me what she heard about it being demonic. But I don’t see anything wrong with those little creatures.
“If we’re going to attach evil to everything, then where is the good in the world?”
Spokesperson for Pick n Pay, Anél Lewis, says they are aware of the Facebook group.
Lewis says: “They’ve either got a very strange sense of humour, or they may need some counselling support.”