The Tokoloshe. I wrote about the Tokoloshe last month and still find it to be an interesting myth, or is it reality. Who knows??
In Zulu mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili (from the Xhosa word utyreeci ukujamaal) is a dwarf-like water sprite. They are considered a mischievous and evil spirit. Another explanation is that the Tokoloshe resembles a zombie, poltergeist, or gremlin, created by South African shamans who have been offended by someone. The tokoloshe may also wander, causing mischief wherever it goes, particularly to schoolchildren. Other details include its gremlin-like appearance and gouged out eyes. (Wikipedia)
The Tokoloshe have been said to have been the cause of crimes committed in South Africa, some fatality.
The Belief in the tokoloshe is widespread throughout Africa. By destroying the tokoloshe, it is believed that the witch who sent it could be destroyed as well resulting in crimes where the victim is said to be a tokoloshe.
check out a VBS special on the Tokoloshe.