People on the banks of the Buffelsjags River at Suurbraak, a village close to Swellendam in the Western Cape, have reported spotting a legendary mermaid-like creature, known locally as the Kaaiman.
At a nearby low water bridge, a man said he saw a figure, “like that of a white woman with long hair thrashing about in the water”.
Thinking to save her, he waded toward her, but said he stopped in his tracks when he noticed a reddish shine in her eyes. The sight sent “shivers” down his spine, yet he was pulled forward as if hypnotised.He said the figure made “the strangest sound”, like a woman crying. His mother, Dina, said the figure sounded so sorrowful “my heart could take it no more”.
The Kaaiman is described as a half human, half fish creature which lives in deep pools. It is white and has long hair and red eyes.