Premier condemns witchcraft killings

2012-02-02 14:12

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal government on Thursday condemned the killing of people suspected of practising witchcraft.

“We call on our people never to use suspicion of witchcraft as an excuse to commit murder,” Premier Zweli Mkhize said.

He said members of the provincial executive council, during its meeting on Wednesday, urged communities to stop killing people accused of being witches.

In the latest attack in the province Masisi Mhlongo, 50, Fanelesibonge Ntuli, 6, and 5-year-old Amahle Nxumalo, were killed in Maphumulo this week after Mhlongo was accused of being a witch.

An elderly couple, Rafael Zikhulu and Elsa Dubazane, were recently killed in Lindelani, north of Durban, for the same reason.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 14:55

    There should be no excuse to commit murder!Cultural leaders should educate people about the "witchcraft" obsession. We are no longer in the middle ages.

      Ray - 2012-02-02 15:00

      And they all get a vote!!

  • skootzie - 2012-02-02 15:30

    "witchcraft killings" .. Europe was doing this 500-odd years ago and Africa only NOW is catching up?! *facedesks repeatedly* *sigh* What next? Seriously, what the hell next?

      Josh - 2012-02-02 16:40

      African Inquisition?

  • Free Your Mind - 2012-02-02 15:32

    This is very good news! It is time for people in a position of authority and the media to take a stand against this plague of so-called "witch-hunts". Condemn murder, condemn ignorance, condemn stereotypes, condemn prejudice.

  • Gary - 2012-02-02 16:04

    African problems....

      Liz - 2012-02-02 17:53

      @ Skootzie, Josh and Gary ..... and the alleged satanic ritual of setting fire to two girls - leading to the death of one of them (as happened recently in JHB - what do we call that? Re-emergence of European problems?

  • Olusunne - 2012-04-13 19:31

    let us stop killing of our fellow human being.whoever participating in killing others humanbeing we knows that he or she is a murderrer.God said revengeance is mine.

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