"what the tokoloshe looked like and whether he might get me too"

The Tokoloshe is a short, hairy, dwarf-like creature in South African folklore. It is a mischievous and evil spirit that is believed to be able cause illness and even death.  The name is believed to be of Xhosa origin, but belief in the tokoloshe is common across many South African ethnic groups. 

It is believed that the "tokoloshe" can be created after removing the eyes and tongue from a corpse, which is shrunk to dwarf size.  The tokoloshe can be used by the creator to their own ends, but there is a blood debt to pay, which may involve the death of a relative to compensate for the artificial life created. Sellers of muti (traditional medicine) often advertise and sell products used for protection against the tokoloshe.