Witchcraft Suppression Bill put on hold
Well that’s a relief.
It was a horribly badly-drafted piece of legislation, which failed to define terms and would have created endless confusion had it become law.
Mpumalanga healers and pagans have been given a new lease of life after the Witchcraft Suppression Bill was put on hold.
The proposed bill by the department of local government, which came under fire last year from various stakeholders, was put on hold yesterday. The department of local government said it had put the drafting of the bill of 2007 on hold “until further notice”.
The department was mandated by the provincial executive council to prepare a bill which seeks to address high levels of violence in Mpumalanga linked to allegations of witchcraft.
While witchcraft allegations have certainly led to a lot of violence, hasty legislation and imprecise definitions will not help to solve the problem.