Malawi witchdoctors banned in wake of albino killings

2016-06-02 20:44
Photo from iStock

Photo from iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Blantyre - A Malawi court has banned witchdoctors from operating in the impoverished southern African country following a spate of albino killings linked to witchcraft, according to a court ruling seen on Thursday.

Judge Dingiswayo Madise granted an order late on Wednesday stopping "all traditional healers, witchdoctors, charm producers..., magic users and fortune tellers from operating in the country to eliminate issues of albino attacks and killings," according to a judgement read out to AFP by a court official.

The official, who cannot be named because he does not have authority to speak to the media, said the court made the ruling after three local residents sued two witchdoctors.

Albinos, who have white skin and yellow hair as a result of a genetic disorder, are regularly killed in several African countries for their body parts for use in witchcraft.

Malawian police have recorded at least 65 attacks, abductions and murders of albinos since the end of 2014.

Of the three victims who sued, one had been promised that a lover who had abandoned her would come back.

Another said she had been guaranteed by the witchdoctor that a robber would return her stolen goods.

When they failed to get results, they turned to the courts.

Oswald Phiri, one of the complainants who also has an albino cousin, said in his affidavit that he "verily believes that all the killings (albino) are stemming from witchdoctors" who use albino body parts in their prescribed concoctions.

"After the request of the three concerned Malawians to ban activities of witchdoctors in order to eliminate issues of albino attacks and killings, this court grants the order," ruled the judge in the northern city of Mzuzu.

The court also ordered newspapers to stop carrying witchdoctors' adverts.

The United Nations warned in April that the country's estimated 10 000 albinos face "systematic extinction" if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft.

Read more on:    malawi  |  albinos  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.