Windhoek bar owner accuses neighbour of using witchcraft against him

2016-02-17 12:30
The tortured and burnt body of a young mother accused of sorcery lies on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Papua New Guinea. (File, Post-Courier/ AFP)

The tortured and burnt body of a young mother accused of sorcery lies on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Papua New Guinea. (File, Post-Courier/ AFP)

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Windhoek - A clay pot, believed to be witchcraft paraphernalia, has caused a stir in the informal settlement of Havana in Namibia.

According to a report by a local newspaper, New Era, a reddish clay pot containing a cloth with a needle stuck in it attracted scores of spectators after it was found outside a resident's house in the area.

Abraham Matias, the man who discovered the strange articles on his doorstep, claimed that he had found similar items in his backyard. He said he suspected his neighbour it.

Matias, a bar owner, accused his neighbour, who also owns a bar, of attempting to "steal" his customers through the use of black magic.

The neighbour, however, refuted the claims, urging Matias to prove his allegations.

According to Fanuel Shivute, a newly elected Councillor in the area, witchcraft was rife in the area.

"Many a time, I have been called to solve disputes of witchcraft in the area, and even yesterday I had something similar to this in a another location in the constituency," Shivite was quoted as saying.

The development comes just a week after another suspected witchcraft ritual was performed in Swakopmund.

A Namibian report disclosed that witchcraft paraphernalia bearing President Hage Geingob's face and a N$100 note was found along a road in the Swakopmund area.

Police officials had the items removed for fear that members of the public would steal the money and get harmed as a result of the ritual.

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