- A witchcraft competition has been banned by the eSwatini government
- According to the statement released, witchcraft activity is banned in the country
- The organiser of the contest argued that the country used to host such competitions under its previous ruler
A competition that would have had witch doctors competing against traditional healers in a battle of skills in eSwatini has been banned. This is according to an official government statement.
Organisers had planned to hold the competition in Manzini, the second city of eSwatini. A government spokesperson named Percy Simelane said that the proposed competition was unheard of in the country.
“Government will not sanction any competition of that nature. Anyone who will persist with any activity related to witchcraft will face the full might of the law.”
The statement, which was released earlier this week, said the Witchcraft Act of 1889 defines witchcraft, sorcery or the practice of voodoo as a punishable offence.
"Government will not allow the voodoo competition — period!“
eSwatini has a population of 1.3 million people, with many following Christianity and indigenous beliefs.
A publication in Swaziland quoted Africa Gama, the organiser of the event, as saying the competition would have pit witch doctors against traditional healers. This was done before in the country under the previous king Sobhuza II, who died in 1982.
“The King was concerned about unnecessary competition among healers so he called them to one place so that they could demonstrate their powers."
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