REMEMBER THEIR NAMES – Victims of witch-hunts in South Africa 2000 to 2017

  The following represents available published news reports of witch-hunts in South Africa for the periods 2000 to 2017. * Reports covering the period 2006 to 2009 have not been included here. This content is regularly updated. Many more witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts remain unreported. Refugees of witchcraft accusation receive little or no media coverage in…

Pejorative media coverage harms religious minority

Extract from SAPRA’s submission to the Press Freedom Commission on press freedom and the regulation of print media    Pejorative media coverage of Witchcraft by the South African media is symptomatic of generalized bias against anything related with the occult. Prejudicial reference to Witches and Witchcraft affects the dignity and standing of individual South African citizens who identify…

Department for Women, Children and People with Disabilities ignores victims of witch-hunts

In a 2010 press release entitled Dept, healers declare war on muthi killings dated 18 February, Sibani Mngadi the spokesperson for the Minister of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Minister Lulu Xingwana, said “while the subject of witchcraft continues to be taboo in many corners of South Africa, all stakeholders need to…

Objections against Draft Dangerous Weapons Bill

Written Comment in objection to the DRAFT DANGEROUS WEAPONS BILL, 2011 (NOTICE 606 OF 2011) The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) has submitted written comment in objection to the draft Dangerous Weapons Bill (2011). With especial regard to two sections of Chapter Two of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, notably sections 15. and…

Witchcraft killers get long jail terms

Three men, Siyabusa Ncelani (19), Mlulami Nkonyanebomvu (29), and Ncedakele Nyawuzayo (20) convicted of killing an 80-year-old Masilenge Bambusiba and her four grandchildren were each sentenced to five life terms (125 years) by the Mthatha High Court. NEWS SOURCE South African Witches applaud the Mthatha High Court ruling and we applaud the statement issued by the…

Witchcraft accusations against vervet monkey condemned

A Vervet monkey was burnt to death after residents believed it was linked to witchcraft. NEWS SOURCE Several reports of such animal cruelty, motivated by irrational fear of witchcraft and witches, have been published in the South African media since 2000. In ‘Bewitched rooster case set for trial’ (2000) Simon Magagula was accused of bewitching roosters…

Traditional healer defames Witches

In ‘Male genitalia tops witchcraft list‘ (Nompumelelo Magwaza | 06 May 2011 | IOL) traditional healer Bongani Shangase, speaking at the launch of the report Trafficking Body Parts in Mozambique and South Africa, is quoted as saying “We want this research to differentiate between witches and traditional healers because we do not use body parts to carry…