They said when they told their father, Zephania Khoza (56), he said they should ignore it because it wouldn’t kill them.
Tsakane Khoza (32) of Tweefontein, near KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga, and her six siblings left their dad’s luxurious house for a shack three months ago.
She said: “The terror went on for two years. This big snake often appeared in the mornings.
“It would slither across the floor, coil itself around furniture or stay in a corner of the house and stare at us.”
Tsakane said at night they would feel the reptile coiling itself around their necks, legs or hands. But when they switched on the lights it wouldn’t be there. Sometimes, she said, they woke up to find it staring it them.
“We no longer slept peacefully. We told dad about this, but he said we shouldn’t worry,” said Tsakane.
“My mum left the house. We also had to leave. Only my father still lives in the house. He doesn’t seem to mind.”
Tsakane said her father came to their shack a few weeks ago with cops and tried to make them go back home.
She said they told him they wouldn’t return while the snake was there.
But Zephania said there was no snake in his house and Tsakane was talking rubbish.
Traditional Healers Association chairman Sunnyboy Msiza said: “If the owner no longer keeps up with the snake’s demands, it begins to trouble the children. It needs to be chased away.