Swazi broomstick flying witches to fly low

2013-05-15 11:15

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Swaziland – Witches flying broomsticks in Swaziland above 150m will be subjected to arrest and a hefty fine of R500 000, civil aviation authorities say, according to a report.

Witches' broomsticks are considered similar to any heavier-than-air transportation device that is airborne, The Star said.

"A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150m] limit," Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

No penalties exist for witches flying below 150m.

The report said it was hard to say how serious he was, but witchcraft isn't a joking matter in Swaziland, where the people believe in it.

The statute also forbids toy helicopters and children’s kites from ascending too high into the country’s airspace.

Swazi brooms are short bundles of sticks tied together and do not have handles. Swazi witches are known to use them to fling potions about homesteads – but not for transport.

 

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