REMEMBER THEIR NAMES – Victims of witch-hunts in South Africa 2000 to 2014

  The following represents available published news reports of witch-hunts in South Africa for the periods 2000 to 2005 and 2010 to 2014. * Reports covering the period 2006 to 2009 will be included soon. This content is regularly updated. Many more witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts remain unreported. Refugees of witchcraft accusation receive little or…

Witches offended by ANC accusations of witchcraft

South African Witches object strongly to inflammatory and offensive accusations of “witchcraft” uttered by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile at the Lusaka Community Hall in Nyanga on 7 April. “This thing of witchcraft is when a witch does nothing for the people but they still get re-elected. This is what we find ourselves…

Hate speech case lodged against SAPS and Occult crime unit

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance has lodged a complaint of hate speech against the South African Police Services and the Occult Crimes Unit, with the South African Human Rights Commission. Repeated media speculation on alleged but unproven Satanic and Occult ritual crimes, primarily promoted by the SAPS Occult Crime Unit and related evangelical Christian…

SAPS discriminates against religious minorities

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance is lodging a formal charge of hate speech against the SAPS Occult Crime Unit and its members, with the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, and the South African Human Rights Commission. A South African Police Service media statement published on 26 February 2014 on the SAPS website presents an…

SAPS Occult unit fabricates hysteria based on lies

Allegations published today [0] by Col Hendriek de Jager alleging that there is an increase in occult-related crimes around the country amounts to disingenuous fabrication! There is no convincing evidence to prove that said crimes are in any way linked to actual Occultism or Occult practices. The SAPS is waging a war of propaganda against…

SAPS lies to the public about engaging with SAPRA

The South African Police Service in a public briefing today, states that SAPS teams have engaged the South African Pagan Rights Alliance regarding an alleged increase in “harmful occult practices”. This is a lie! At no time has any official in any formal capacity from the SAPS engaged in conversation with this Alliance, or responded…

Witch-hunts in South Africa 2014

Witch-hunts in South AfricaAdvocacy against human rights abuses committed as a result of accusations of witchcraft and violent witch-hunts (2014)by Damon Leff Download the complete document in.pdf format (1.82 MB) ABSTRACT The test of Nelson Mandela’s legacy will be marked by how and to what extent South Africans will eventually treat those whom it despises…

STAT – Satanism, the Acid Test

Satanism, The Acid Test v01.03 “Satanism: The Acid Test” provides explanations of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) hysteria, Satanism as diverse religions under a common label, other religions and subcultures incorrectly associated with Satanism and the Satanism stereotype, and finally, flaws in the stereotype itself. Download this free and accurate resource. http://alternatereligionsforum.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=94  

Media sensationalizes crime as religion

The murder case of Kaemogetswe Sefularo is once again in the news and eNCAnews has reported it as a “Satanic killing”. The South African media should be aware of the harm they are causing to religious minorities in South Africa by calling murders “Satanic killings” or “Occult Killings” and by blaming Satanism for murders. In…

Witch-hunts in South Africa

We will be joined live by Damon Leff. Our main focus for the show will be SAPRA (South African Pagan Rights Alliance), the 30 Days of Advocacy Against Witch Hunts in South Africa and the state of religious and cultural conflicts in S. Africa and else where around the globe. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pagan-musings/2013/05/01/pwn-91

Beeld: Okkulte lok nou meer amateurs

Die artikel in Beeld 5 Augustus 2013 getiteld “Okkulte lok nou meer amateurs” het betrekking. Weereens is Beeld skuldig daaraan dat hulle ‘n uiters eensydige artikel publiseer. Blykbaar besef Beeld nie dat inligting afkomstig van Lamprecht en die Okkulte eenheid deurtrek is met ‘n godsdienstige en spesifiek Christelike agenda nie. Dit is uiters onregverdig om…

SAPS targets Occultists, Esoterics and Pagans

South African Police Services ‘Occult crime unit’ Warrant Officer says unit targets Occultists (including Witches and Satanists), Esoterics and Pagans. Warrant Officer Matsena from the provincial occult department in Durban addressed social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists and welfare representatives to equip them with knowledge on the occult. According to W/O Matsena, KwaZulu-Natal has a major…

Misnomer plea scapegoats “witchcraft activities”

In an open letter published in the Times entitled ‘Witchcraft plea’ and republished as ‘Barack Obama in Africa: MPs Call on US President to Tackle Witchcraft Violence’ by Hannah Osborne, signatories including “Baroness Miller of Chilthorne; Kirsty Brimelow, QC; Professor Susan Edwards; Christina Oakley Harrington; Russell Brown, MP; Craig Whittaker, MP; All Party Parliamentary Group…

SAHRC denies appeal: hate speech against Witches not within its jurisdiction

“Complaint falls outside the SAHRC’s jurisdiction.” The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has denied *SAPRA’s appeal against its decision to refer a complaint lodged with the SAHRC, against the Traditional Healers Organization national coordinator for hate speech, to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities…

South Africa’s ‘Satanic Panic’

South Africa’s ‘Satanic Panic’  An online seminar on the facts and fantasies of South Africa’s own “Satanic Panic” hosted by the South African Pagan Rights Alliance on Saturday 01 June 2013 - VENUE DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY Visit the EVENT PAGE to read all commentary. AGENDA 1. What is ‘Satanic Panic’ ? by Francisco Fumarola 2. What is Satanism…

SAPRA does not speak for Satanists

There appears to be a persistent and incorrect meme circulating some factions of the S.A. Pagan community that: 1) SAPRA speaks for Satanists,  2) SAPRA identifies Satanism as a Pagan religion,  3) SAPRA promotes Satanism as such, and  4) SAPRA’s advocacy against the recent Satanic Panic harms Paganism and Pagans.   The Facts   1)…

Disband the SAPS Occult Crime Unit

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance supports the call to disband the SAPS Occult Crime Unit . The investigative mandate of the SAPS Occult crime unit, in particular, certain ‘categories of crime’ (listed below), contravene internationally recognized policing ethics and conduct related to a) jurisprudence in the identification and verification of evidence, and b) respect for…

CRL Commission ignores Pagans right to public holidays?

Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Chairperson: Rev. Dr Wesley Madonda Mabuza Deputy Chairperson: Mrs Julia Mabale Chief Executive Officer: Adv. Pheagane Solomon Moreroa   Dear Sir / Madam South African Pagan communities are deeply upset at the apparently deliberate exclusion of Paganism from the CRL…

“Satanism” is a media creation

. “Satanism” as a media creation: why the Department of Education’s “anti-harmful” strategy is unfounded. Prepared on behalf of the South African Pagan Rights AllianceBy Francisco Fumarola and Bronwyn Katzke DOWNLOAD a complete copy [.pdf 625KB]   EXTRACT Recent supposed cases of “satanic” crime are actually a remnant from the days of the Satanic Panic, which has…

Umphakathi Okhathazekile promotes hate speech against religious minority

Letter of Demand to: Umphakathi OkhathazekileConcerned Young People Attention: Bele Hlongwane RE: Satanic panic grips schools [Friday, 29 March 2013]http://www.preciousyouth.org.za/index.php/news/item/169-satanic-panic-grips-schools Dear Miss / Mrs Hlongwane This Alliance would like to request your urgent review of incorrect and prejudicial information published on your website on Friday 29 March 2013, in an article entitled Satanic panic grips…

Gauteng Dept. Education ignores right to religious freedom

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance will be lodging a formal complaint of hate speech against Charles Phahlane, Gauteng department of education spokesperson, with the SA Human Rights Commission. This Alliance will argue that Phahlane’s statements regarding the Department’s proposed policy on dealing with Satanism in public schools, published in ‘No guide to harmful practices‘…

LAUNCH: 2013 – 30 days of advocacy against witch-hunts (29 March to 27 April)

Ugogo wami, ugogo wakho nawe My grandmother is your grandmother   Witch-hunts have become epidemic throughout Africa. Although witch-hunts have historically been viewed as gender specific, with a large percentage of victims still identified as elderly and solitary women, recent reports show that victims of witch-hunts include both women and men of all ages. [0] [0] Witch…

Sowetan report on Satanism misleading

‘Schools tackle Satanism’ as printed in the 19 March 2013 edition of The Sowetan. As one of the leading newspapers in South Africa, The Sowetan boasts a readership of two million. That would be two million readers misled by the article ‘Schools tackle Satanism’, as featured in the 19 March 2013 edition of your newspaper….

MEC Creecy says Occultism and Satanism harmful practices?

According to several media reports published in The Citizen, The New Age, The Sowetan, City Press, News24.com, IOL, Timeslive, LookLocal, Eye Witness News and SABC TV, “A team of faith-based organisations is to develop an “anti-harmful” religious strategy in schools, Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Monday. In a statement prepared for delivery at…

SAPRA appeals SAHRC referral of hate speech complaints

SAPRA herewith lodges formal objection against the February 2013 decision by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)  to refer a complaint, lodged by the Director on behalf of the South African Pagan Rights Alliance on 22 February 2010 against public utterances of prejudicial hate speech by Ms. P. Maseko, to the South African Law Reform…

SAHRC passes buck on hate speech against minority

In February 2010 the South African Pagan Rights Alliance lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against repeated libelous statements made by Traditional Healers Organization national co-ordinator, Phephisile Maseko, against South African Witches. [1] “I can’t speak for others, but our members are well-informed. They would never participate in muti killings and…

Concerns raised by witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts in South Africa (2013)

Stakeholder Submission prepared by the South African Pagan Rights Alliance for the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.   Accusations of witchcraft and Human Rights  Every citizen of the Republic is constitutionally and legally entitled to:1. Equality 2. Human dignity 3. Life 4. Freedom and security 5. Freedom from slavery, servitude and forced labour 6. Freedom…

Rise in witchcraft & Satanism in KZN?

Whilst Lyse Comins’ article, ‘Rise in witchcraft & Satanism in KZN‘ made it perfectly clear that no actual crime has taken place, according to comment by Westville police station spokesman Stephen Clarke, the South African Pagan Rights Alliance strongly objects to the publishing of Kobus Jonker’s stark characterization of South African Witches as not only potential…

Occult Crime Unit to investigate the supernatural

The South African Police Service is launching new regional occult crime units. According to a leaked memorandum, Provincial Commissioners were recently instructed to appoint two detectives in every province tasked with investigating alleged harmful occult-related crimes. Those already familiar with the work of the old ORC unit then led by Kobus Jonker, will recall that between…

Rights of witches ‘violated’

13 July 2012 | ILSE DE LANGE | The Citizen The South African Pagan Rights Alliance, an organisation representing self-identified witches, believes existing witchcraft suppression legislation should be scrapped altogether as it criminalises witches on the basis of their beliefs and violates their right to religious freedom. Damon Leff, director of the alliance, said even…