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…

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…

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…

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 divination’s is unconstitutional. Download the SALRC Issue Paper here:DP- Witchcraft Suppression Act- FINAL 19 Jan…

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…