Broomstick-flying witches to be brought down in Swaziland

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Broomstick-flying witches to be brought down in Swaziland - Times LIVE

For the hard-of-hearing:

Witches flying broomsticks in Swaziland above 150 metres will be subject to arrest and a hefty fine of R500 000, civil aviation authorities said, according to a report.

Witches’ broomsticks are considered similar to any heavier-than-air transportation device that is airborne, reports The Star.

“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,” Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini told the newspaper.

No penalties exist for witches flying below 150 metres.

The report said it was hard to say how serious he was, but witchcraft isn’t a joking matter in Swaziland, where the people believe in it.
 
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Is this of the same ilk as the "Witchdoctor Stole My Penis" story which originated from that area a few years ago?

If I recall correctly, the witchdoctor was gong to be sentenced to death but I'm still not sure if it was resolved by the police simply asking the complainant to drop his loin cloth.
 
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Is this of the same ilk as the "Witchdoctor Stole My Penis" story which originated from that area a few years ago?

If I recall correctly, the witchdoctor was gong to be sentenced to death but I'm still not sure if it was resolved by the police simply asking the complainant to drop his loin cloth.
Dunno, but during the first post-apartheid voting thingamabob, you had to present a fingerprint as proof. There were records of unscrupulous people using foreskin imprints instead...
 
#7
As the majority of African witches ride about on the backs of hyenas I really don't see the problem.
 
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I tell you - any Mzungu cared for in his/her early years by an African "nanny" has got some pretty fucked up ideas very deeply ingrained!
 
#12
I like Swaziland. I had a great shag in the Cuddle Puddle with an Afrikans doris. And another time I saw Dickie Henderson in cabaret at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel.
 
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Witchcraft is a major problem in most of sub Saharan Africa. There was actually a witchcraft ordinance in the local laws in N. Rhodesia prohibiting certain practices, not that it stopped the witch doctors casting spells etc. I even had one of my African police bring his witch doctor to his court martial, he had gone awol for 4 days & the witchdoctor gave evidence that he had been cursed & had to live in a special hut undergoing his mutu (medicine & mumbo jumbo) to have the curse lifted. My CO, who had spent many years in Africa, just fined him 4 days pay & a reprimand, explaining that it was not unusual for even comparatively intelligent Africans to believe in it. Hence our practice of never firing warning shots over the heads of rioters if it became necessary to open fire in self defence, they would just believe that the witchdoctors magic was protecting them from bullets if we did. I believe that there have been several instances of young African children being killed by so called witch doctors in London for use in witchcraft rituals in the not to distant past!
 

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Witchcraft is a major problem in most of sub Saharan Africa. There was actually a witchcraft ordinance in the local laws in N. Rhodesia prohibiting certain practices, not that it stopped the witch doctors casting spells etc. I even had one of my African police bring his witch doctor to his court martial, he had gone awol for 4 days & the witchdoctor gave evidence that he had been cursed & had to live in a special hut undergoing his mutu (medicine & mumbo jumbo) to have the curse lifted. My CO, who had spent many years in Africa, just fined him 4 days pay & a reprimand, explaining that it was not unusual for even comparatively intelligent Africans to believe in it. Hence our practice of never firing warning shots over the heads of rioters if it became necessary to open fire in self defence, they would just believe that the witchdoctors magic was protecting them from bullets if we did. I believe that there have been several instances of young African children being killed by so called witch doctors in London for use in witchcraft rituals in the not to distant past!
Yeah, 12 years back now, still unsolved I think: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_(murder_victim),

On a side note whilst your were out there did you ever drop into Shiwa N'gunda?
 
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Yeah, 12 years back now, still unsolved I think: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_(murder_victim),

On a side note whilst your were out there did you ever drop into Shiwa N'gunda?
Unfortunately no, it was well off the line of rail where most of us were based (about 400 miles over very dodgy roads), so
unless you were posted near there almost impossible to access! Interesting to note that despite him being very well respected by the local Africans his daughter & her husband were murdered by a gang of ANC thugs in 1991. There were a few other farmers who lived near to where I was posted and whose farms were regularly visited by me on my patrols, most were quite interesting characters who were incredibly self sufficient and many like him had built houses, schools & clinics for their African workers.
 
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I do like the other headlines

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Can I move there tomorrow ?
 

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