Skeptic News: Zimbabwe witchcraft pair of "sound mind"

20120629-002931.jpgA Zimbabwean court ruled on Wednesday that two women who recently confessed to engaging in witchcraft practices should stand trial after a psychiatric evaluation declared them mentally stable.

Rosemary Kamanga, aged 48, and Esnath Maodza, 56, were arrested in Chinhoyi, Mashonaland West, two weeks ago after being discovered naked on the streets. The two claimed to have been returning from a witching assignment.

They claimed they had been dropped off by a colleague in a winnowing basket, the Zimbabwean equivalent of a broomstick, in a strange backyard where they demanded human flesh.

Presiding, Chinhoyi Magistrate Fanny Nyakudya told a packed court room that a medical evaluation he had requested found the two to be of ”sound mind.” The suspects are facing charges of breaching the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, pertaining to ”engaging in practices commonly associated with witchcraft.

The two are free on bail pending their trial on July the 11th.

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0 Responses to Skeptic News: Zimbabwe witchcraft pair of "sound mind"

  1. Adam C. says:

    A bit worrying that “practices related to witchcraft” is a crime. It opens up all sorts of awful injustice possibilities.

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