The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) is a voluntary association, formed in 2004 as a faith-based (Pagan), human rights, activist alliance.
SAPRA is a Paralegal Advocacy Organisation.
SAPRA currently fulfills several important functions in line with its constitutional mandate, namely, to promote the guaranteed liberties and freedoms enshrined for all South African Pagans in the Bill of Rights and assist South African Pagans, whose constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms have been infringed due to unfair discrimination, to obtain appropriate redress.
This Alliance also engages in human rights advocacy against human rights abuses that affect non-Pagan religious minorities and other vulnerable groups of persons, where these human rights issues directly or indirectly affect Pagans and Pagan Witches.
Since 2004, several successive Executive Committees have executed their mandate in a number of ways, including addressing and challenging media prejudice against Paganism, promoting positive media coverage of Paganism in general, challenging institutional and legislative prejudice against Witchcraft, Satanism and Occultism, and offering non-legal assistance to Pagans seeking advice or assistance in dealing with incidences of discrimination.
In February 2008 the South African Department of Home Affairs approved an application submitted by SAPRA for designation as a religious organisation in terms of section 5 (1) and (2) of the Civil Union Act (Act 17 of 2006). According to section 5 of the Civil Union Act SAPRA now appoints Pagan religious marriage officers who may solemnise both same-sex and heterosexual marriages. SAPRA was the first South African Pagan organisation to be granted this designation.
SAPRA Executive Committee
Director: Mr Gary Thomas Leff ∙ Chief Executive Officer: Ms Morgause Fonteleve
Marriage Officer Registrar: Mrs Retha van Niekerk ∙ General Secretary: Ms Gitta Seyfert ∙ Treasurer: Mr Chris Waugh
Executive Committee: Mr Francisco Fumarola