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…

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)…

Disband the SAPS Occult Crime Unit

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance supports the call to disband the SAPS Occult Crime Unit . The investigative mandate of the SAPS Occult crime unit, in particular, certain ‘categories of crime’ (listed below), contravene internationally recognized policing ethics and conduct related to a) jurisprudence in the identification and verification of evidence, and b) respect for…

CRL Commission ignores Pagans right to public holidays?

Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Chairperson: Rev. Dr Wesley Madonda Mabuza Deputy Chairperson: Mrs Julia Mabale Chief Executive Officer: Adv. Pheagane Solomon Moreroa   Dear Sir / Madam South African Pagan communities are deeply upset at the apparently deliberate exclusion of Paganism from the CRL…

“Satanism” is a media creation

. “Satanism” as a media creation: why the Department of Education’s “anti-harmful” strategy is unfounded. Prepared on behalf of the South African Pagan Rights AllianceBy Francisco Fumarola and Bronwyn Katzke DOWNLOAD a complete copy [.pdf 625KB]   EXTRACT Recent supposed cases of “satanic” crime are actually a remnant from the days of the Satanic Panic, which has…

Umphakathi Okhathazekile promotes hate speech against religious minority

Letter of Demand to: Umphakathi OkhathazekileConcerned Young People Attention: Bele Hlongwane RE: Satanic panic grips schools [Friday, 29 March 2013]http://www.preciousyouth.org.za/index.php/news/item/169-satanic-panic-grips-schools Dear Miss / Mrs Hlongwane This Alliance would like to request your urgent review of incorrect and prejudicial information published on your website on Friday 29 March 2013, in an article entitled Satanic panic grips…

Gauteng Dept. Education ignores right to religious freedom

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance will be lodging a formal complaint of hate speech against Charles Phahlane, Gauteng department of education spokesperson, with the SA Human Rights Commission. This Alliance will argue that Phahlane’s statements regarding the Department’s proposed policy on dealing with Satanism in public schools, published in ‘No guide to harmful practices‘…

LAUNCH: 2013 – 30 days of advocacy against witch-hunts (29 March to 27 April)

Ugogo wami, ugogo wakho nawe My grandmother is your grandmother   Witch-hunts have become epidemic throughout Africa. Although witch-hunts have historically been viewed as gender specific, with a large percentage of victims still identified as elderly and solitary women, recent reports show that victims of witch-hunts include both women and men of all ages. [0] [0] Witch…

Sowetan report on Satanism misleading

‘Schools tackle Satanism’ as printed in the 19 March 2013 edition of The Sowetan. As one of the leading newspapers in South Africa, The Sowetan boasts a readership of two million. That would be two million readers misled by the article ‘Schools tackle Satanism’, as featured in the 19 March 2013 edition of your newspaper….

MEC Creecy says Occultism and Satanism harmful practices?

According to several media reports published in The Citizen, The New Age, The Sowetan, City Press, News24.com, IOL, Timeslive, LookLocal, Eye Witness News and SABC TV, “A team of faith-based organisations is to develop an “anti-harmful” religious strategy in schools, Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Monday. In a statement prepared for delivery at…

SAPRA appeals SAHRC referral of hate speech complaints

SAPRA herewith lodges formal objection against the February 2013 decision by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)  to refer a complaint, lodged by the Director on behalf of the South African Pagan Rights Alliance on 22 February 2010 against public utterances of prejudicial hate speech by Ms. P. Maseko, to the South African Law Reform…

SAHRC passes buck on hate speech against minority

In February 2010 the South African Pagan Rights Alliance lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against repeated libelous statements made by Traditional Healers Organization national co-ordinator, Phephisile Maseko, against South African Witches. [1] “I can’t speak for others, but our members are well-informed. They would never participate in muti killings and…

Concerns raised by witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts in South Africa (2013)

Stakeholder Submission prepared by the South African Pagan Rights Alliance for the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.   Accusations of witchcraft and Human Rights  Every citizen of the Republic is constitutionally and legally entitled to:1. Equality 2. Human dignity 3. Life 4. Freedom and security 5. Freedom from slavery, servitude and forced labour 6. Freedom…