In response to the horrible murder of an 81-woman believed by her neighbour to be a witch, the South African authorities are being urged to ban witchcraft.
To be clear; the non-witch murdered the suspect-witch and now papers like The Richmark Sentinel are calling on witchcraft to be made illegal. The claim is that this is the ban will make life safer for the witches.
The murderer escaped before the police arrived.
The South African province of Mpumalanga has already to introduce the “Witchcraft Suppression Bill,” but met resistance. The bill attempted to define witchcraft as;
“The secret use of muti, zombies, spells, spirits, magic powders, water, mixtures, etc, by any person with the purpose of causing harm, damage, sickness to others or their property.”
This would technically mean the secret use of a water pistol to soak some curtains could have been classified as witchcraft.
In Pure Spirit
What do you think about this news? Fairly shocking that people still think like this. How would you address the problem of violence against people who are believed to be witches?