Pagans say no to ‘regulation of religion’ proposal

According to the preliminary report of the CRL Commission following the hearings on ‘Commercialization of Religion and abuse of peoples belief systems’, the Commission has proposed that all religion and religious organizations in South Africa should be regulated by legislation. According to section 18 of the report: • The Religion must have a Religious Text…

SAPRA supports Hate Speech / Crime Bill

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has published the draft of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill for public comment. “The Bill provides for the offence of hate crimes and the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those crimes.” [0] The South African Pagan…

Religious Holiday Leave

Can Pagans take paid leave for religious holidays? The short answer is, probably not. Whilst the celebration of religious holidays by members of any and all religions (including Paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft) is entirely legal and protected under the Constitution, employers are not legally obligated to allow employees ‘paid leave’ for religious holidays, unless they…

Caveat emptor

Let the buyer beware! If you undertake to pay to attend a public weekend workshop on herbalism or a two week course on Wicca, examine the offer carefully before paying any deposit fee. A supplier (in this instance, the person offering a course in any particular subject) is permitted to ask the consumer (in this…

SAPRA submission: National Action Plan 2016

SAPRA Submission on the National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Submitted to Ms. Danaline Franzman, Chief Director: Social Justice and Participatory Democracy, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on 30 August 2016. The South African Pagan Rights Alliance wishes to thank the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development for…

Unfair Dismissal

SAPRA sometimes receives requests for assistance from Pagans who believe they have been unfairly dismissed from their employment because of their religion. If you feel that you have been unfairly dismissed, what should you know, and what can you do to receive a fair hearing and / or fair compensation? What you should know Section…

Bullying in public schools

“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.” Stop Bullying.gov SAPRA…

Child Custody and religion in South Africa

Custody – the protective care or guardianship of someone… “A custodial parent is a parent who is given physical and/or legal custody of a child by court order. A child-custody determination means a judgment, decree, or other order of a court providing for the legal custody, physical custody, or visitation with respect to a child.”  …

Zuma: Independents are treacherous witches

The Editor – Independent Online – www.iol.co.za The South African Pagan Rights Alliance strongly objects to the implied incitement of violence against independent candidates as “witches” by President Zacob Zuma. Zuma: Independents are treacherous witcheshttp://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/zuma-independents-are-treacherous-witches-2050163 Bongani Hans | 27 Jul 2016Durban – President Jacob Zuma launched a scathing attack against independent candidates contesting the local…

SAPRA Annual General Meeting – 8 to 11 July

SAPRA will be hosting its 2016 AGM on Friday 8 July. This meeting will close on Monday 11 July to allow all formal members to attend and participate. * This meeting will be open to the general public. Where: SAPRA Facebook group –https://www.facebook.com/groups/sapaganrightsalliance/ The Executive kindly requests that all formal SAPRA members update their membership details…

Stop making false accusations against Witches

African witchcraft beliefs are said to be an inherent part of the cosmological and religious belief systems of African communities. The truth however is that allegations of “African witchcraft” are only ever used by accusers to slander innocent victims of prejudice. On Friday 19 February two sangomas Jabulani Ndlovu and Themba Mnyambo were accused of…

REMEMBER THEIR NAMES – Victims of witch-hunts in South Africa 2000 to 2015

  The following represents available published news reports of witch-hunts in South Africa for the periods 2000 to 2005 and 2010 to 2015. * Reports covering the period 2006 to 2009 will be included. This content is regularly updated. Many more witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts remain unreported. Refugees of witchcraft accusation receive little or no…

SAPRA comment on SA Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 139, Project 135.

South African Law Reform Commission Private Bag X 668 PRETORIA, 0001   For attention:  State Law Advisor Ms Jennifer Joni   Professor Marita Carnelley Professor David Bilchitz  Dr Sibusiso Masondo Ms Likhapa Mbatha Prof Pitika Ntuli Prof Theodore Petrus     Comment by The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) on Discussion Paper 139, Review…

SALRC finds Witchcraft Suppression Act unconstitutional

The new Issue Paper released by the South African Law Reform Commission has confirmed the following:a) the Witchcraft Suppression Act’s prohibition of identifying as a witch and professing knowledge of witchcraft is unconstitutional, and b) the Act’s prohibition of engaging in divinations is unconstitutional. This effectively means that for the first time ever in South…

Update: Review of Witchcraft Suppression Act

SAPRA has received an update from the South African Law Reform Commission, on the review of the Witchcraft Suppression Act.   See: http://www.justice.gov.za/salrc/media/20160119-prj135-dp139-WitchcraftSuppression.pdf   All stakeholders (existing or new) are invited to submit comment on the new draft PROHIBITION OF HARMFUL PRACTICES ASSOCIATED WITH WITCHCRAFT BELIEFS BILL.   For a copy of the Bill and Discussion Paper 139 THE REVIEW…

SAPRA condemns xenophobia

In the aftermath of the attacks on foreign nationals residing in South Africa, we at SAPRA, condemn the violence, discrimination and prejudice stemming from xenophobia. After years of campaigning against brutally violent witch-hunts in South Africa, we have come to recognize that the same fears and hatred that fuel frequent injustices against our fellow citizens…

Harmful Religious practices in SA

In the Times LIVE article dated 7th June 2014, Harmful Religious practice and occult on the rise in SA, we see a lot of the same alarmist rhetoric. Claims are made that there is a rise in Occultism, Satanism and Vampirism and these movements are dubbed as “harmful religious practices”. It can only be assumed…

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…

Dept. Education admits knowing nothing about minority religions

SAPRA response to Dept. Education Legal Services and the MEC Creecy – 14 May 2013 MEC for Education Gauteng Province Barbara Creecy Re: MEC CREECY UTTERS HATE SPEECH AGAINST RELIGIOUS MINORITIES  0. This Alliance welcomes your invitation to engage further with the Department of Education on this matter (and other related matters currently pending investigation…

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)…