Skeptic News:‘Witchcraft belief not a licence to kill’

From: Times of Swaziland

Believing in witchcraft does not give one a licence to kill people, the High Court was told.

This was stated by Crown Counsel Sikhumbuzo Fakudze when making his submissions before Judge Bheki Maphalala. Fakudze said he personally does not believe in witchcraft. He added that it was the duty of the court to uproot, from the citizens, the belief that they were being bewitched.

“The court has a duty to guard against the misguided belief of witchcraft,” Fakudze cautioned. Fakudze was responding to lawyer Mduduzi Mabila’s submissions on behalf of Bongwa Mfanomdala Mavuso, who had been charged with murder.

Mavuso was charged with murder after he chopped Khetsiwe Dlamini with a sharp object resulting in her death.

Mavuso was at a nearby forest, chopping firewood when he met Dlamini. He pleaded not guilty to murder when the charge sheet was read out to him.

The defence attempted to assert that this case was different from others involving witchcraft as the victim had “bragged” about having black magic powers. Which we feel rather misses the point that believing in witchcraft is not an excuse to commit murder!

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