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…

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…

Objections against Traditional Courts Bill

SAPRA submission to National Council of Provinces on the Traditional Courts Bill   The South African Pagan Rights Alliance would like to place the following objections to the proposed Traditional Courts Bill, and to Traditional Courts in general, on public record. 1. The South African Pagan Rights Alliance represents South African citizens who identify publicly…

Launch 2012 advocacy against witch-hunts

LAUNCH: 2012 – 30 days of advocacy against witch-hunts (29 March to 27 April) An open letter to: The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural,Religious and Linguistic Communities– Commissioner Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva Parliamentary Officer for the Commission on Gender Equality– Adv. Kamraj Anirudhra Deputy Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission– Dr….

REVIEW of Witchcraft Suppression Act update

The South African Law Reform Commission has confirmed that a lead researcher (Ms Jennifer Joni) and Project Leader (Judge Dennis Davis) has been designated for Project 135: The Review of Witchcraft Suppression Legislation, as approved by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development in September 2010. An Issue paper is currently being developed in order…