Robert Sefatsa speaks about his theory on why he believes the world should have ended yesterday. Picture:Paballo Thekiso

Johannesburg - If there was an apocalypse yesterday, Robert Sefatsa wasn’t making any special plans for his last day. Rather, he was taking it “one hour at a time” and “living for the here and now”.

Last week, the 39-year-old anthropologist launched an “extremely urgent court application” in the Constitutional Court to appoint an investigative task team to prepare for the end of the world, identifying several government departments that should not be allowed to close for Christmas.

In “50 shades of December 21st”, he said authorities needed to form a department of paranormal and esoteric sciences to prepare for judgment day, which the Mayan calendar predicted would happen yesterday.

But there were now possibly eight months to prepare for doomsday, Sefatsa said yesterday. “December 21st is the end of the Piscean era epoch,” he revealed, puffing on a dagga joint on the grounds of Wits University, surrounded by a small crowd of geological and archaeological enthusiasts.

“It won’t be the end of world as we know it… The Mayans were spectacular, they just didn’t carelessly jump out of the blue with this date, no, this thing was calculated.

“We’re not going to rush to say it’s the 21st so, according to even the Gregorian calendar, we expect something spectacular to happen. Even in the calendar, there are deficiencies… We are not saying the world will just casually collapse in front of our eyes, we can’t be expecting lightning to strike right here and now.”


It was now up to the government to mobilise resources, as he “doesn’t even have R10 in my pocket”. Instead, he survives “through the community”.


“President (Barack) Obama had to see my documents from the government on time, but because of IT systems and the way it’s structured, the message didn’t get to him,” said Sefatsa. -Saturday Star