National 8.4.2014 05:00 pm

Witches incensed by Mbalula’s comments

FILE PICTURE: Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: GCIS.

FILE PICTURE: Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: GCIS.

South African witches are offended by witchcraft accusations made by sports minister Fikile Mbalula.

Mbalula who was speaking in Nyanga on the occasion the 35th anniversary of Solomon Mahlangu’s death reportedly compared the DA’s governing of the Western Cape to witchcraft, also urging residents to summon the help of tokoloshes.

The Cape Times reported that Mbalula made references to witchcraft as he tore in the DA-led provincial government.

“This thing of witchcraft is when a witch does nothing for the people but they still get re-elected. This is what we find ourselves in here in the Western Cape. We are being governed by witches,” said Mbalula.

“These witches are oppressing us, they are trampling on us. Where are the tokoloshes and the (sangomas) so that we can chase these witches away? It is witchcraft to let people live with faeces inside their own homes and have no proper toilets. This is the same province where farmworkers are not paid with money but in the dop system.”

“It is the same place where our people are called refugees. What do you call that? Witchcraft,” he added.

The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) said that witches all over the country strongly objected to the inflammatory and offensive accusation of witchcraft uttered by Mbalula.

Director of SAPRA Damon Leff has called on the ANC to cease making accusations of witchcraft as well as to desist from using political platforms to incite witch-hunts against opposition parties.

“We remind the Minister and the ANC provincial secretary that according to Act 3 of 1957, accusations of witchcraft are punishable by a fine of up to R400,000 or imprisonment for up to 10 years. Accusations of witchcraft amount to incitement to violence in South Africa. ANC members therefore contravene the electoral act by inciting violence,” said Leff.

SAPRA have called on the ANC and South African government to condemn the ongoing accusations of witchcraft and violent witch-hunts in South Africa.

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