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Zimbabwe 'witches' to face trial

2012-06-28 22:30

Harare - Two Zimbabwean women who claim they flew on a winnowing basket using magical powers will face trial in two weeks, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

The women, aged 49 and 52, were declared fit for trial in the northern town of Chinhoyi by medical experts this week, according to prosecutor Clarence Majongosi.

The two women were arrested on June 12 after they were found naked and howling outside the home of a villager.

They are being charged under laws which make "witchcraft" illegal and the women could face a fine if found guilty.

The prosecutor told the court that the two women "instilled fear that witchcraft was taking place and that harm could occur."

He alleged the two had been seeking out human flesh.

Zimbabwe has deep-rooted beliefs in mysticism and magic.

The winnowing basket in local mythology is similar to the broomstick used in Western storytelling.

Comments
  • Tommo - 2012-06-29 01:11

    Are we now in 2012 or 1512????

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-06-29 01:51

    Mysticism and magic only in Zim.

      pisciotta - 2012-07-03 14:16

      And some think evolution applies to all species.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-06-29 03:10

    Witchcraft is illegal,i wish S.A can also have laws that protect ordinary South Africans from these magics.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-29 04:13

      That would mean taking action against all the preachermen as well as they are "magics" as well.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 08:53

      It's also illegal to own a broomstick. Witches use those for flying around. That's why Merlin asked the king to ban broomsticks...

  • zaatheist - 2012-06-29 04:11

    Well if they are charging these women then can they round up and charge every preacherman in Zimbabwe as well for peddling BS and witchcraft. Is this not also witchcraft? Cure leprosy Get two birds. Kill one. Dip the live bird in the blood of the dead one. Sprinkle the blood on the leper seven times, and then let the blood-soaked bird fly away. Next find a lamb and kill it. Wipe some of its blood on the patient’s right ear, thumb, and big toe. Sprinkle seven times with oil and wipe some of the oil on his right ear, thumb and big toe. Repeat. Finally find another pair of birds. Kill one and dip the live bird in the dead bird’s blood. Wipe some blood on the patient’s right ear, thumb, and big toe. Sprinkle the house with blood 7 times. – Leviticus 14:2-52

      Harald - 2012-06-29 07:36

      Really... is that in the Bible?? I must check... bizaro...

  • mizzo.mahlangu - 2012-06-29 06:04

    Ja witchcraft plays a major role in holding back some people's lives if only it was possible to prove it then all the practitioners wud be brought into account!

      ThatDeadDude - 2012-06-29 10:09

      The only way it would be holding back people's lives is by them wasting time and money believing in it. No such thing as magic, dude.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 08:55

      What is a "wud"?

  • simon.sinimoni - 2012-06-29 06:33

    Please note that the prosecutor is mainly pissed off by the fact that the women claimed that they were going to cause harm by using 'witchcraft'(their being witches was not an important issue for the prosecutor) and that they were seeking human flesh for consumption(cannibalism is illegal in most countries).I do not think any of you .,jwill just let it go when some naked stranger turns up in your yard and threatens to eat or harm u by whatever means

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 08:57

      Planet of the apes...

      Annemarie White - 2013-05-16 02:37

      Simon, the fact that witchcraft is even on the lawbooks is weird. And. as for finding those women in my garden, I will invite them inside.

  • Harald - 2012-06-29 07:34

    Eish... really!! I think the world has moved on from witches and dragons.... Oh wait; there is Bob...

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-06-29 09:51

    Seriously guys... last time I checked we were in the 21st century. They probably had 1 drink too many, or need serious medical attention.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 09:00

      If you get serious today about this it will just spoil your day. Juju did that for us all yesterday already. I need a bit of humour...bring it on...what's next? Where's Merlin?

  • oneon1withfarai - 2012-06-29 15:52

    Talk about cheap transport, where can I get one of these winnowing basket? Do they run on fuel or what? Could save me transport cost and time. Lol

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-06-30 01:47

    When you have Harry Potter for president, anything is possible!

  • babalwa.nogwanya - 2012-07-03 14:50

    They should re-enact this fiasco, so that we unravel this mystery. We cannot simple say it does not exist; otherwise we would not be having so many anti-witchcraft practitioners. You would not agree that some snakes are venomous until you are bitten or you will know the importance of anti-venom.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 09:02

      Yes let's leave our cars at home today and fly on broomsticks and winnowing baskets - it's soooooo much cheaper...

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-07-09 11:55

    Possessed not witchcraft. Difference.

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 08:50

    Where's the bunny? Alice in wonderland getting better every day...

  • Annemarie White - 2013-05-16 02:34

    Only in Africa. I know I must not, but I am laughing so much.

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