Sorcery, a real societal issue

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A previous report in the local media about an incident relating to sorcery

THE issue of sorcery has been deeply embedded and widely accepted in the society resulting in many criminal incidences in the past relating to sorcery, went begging for justice.

Various communities have their own share and testimonies of sorcery related incidences that resulted in house burning or chasing people from villages and in worst cases killing.

A man has been killed during the Easter weekend at GPPOL area in a sorcery related incident.

Supervising police commissioner Juanita Matanga says a man was attacked and killed in the sorcery related row.

“The suspected attacker has been apprehended by police and is now in police custody awaiting his initial court appearance tomorrow,” Ms Juanita says.

She expressed pleasure with the parties involved for resolving the matter amicably amongst themselves after the killing.

“People must never  take law into their own hands. There are better ways to deal with these issues,” she warns.

Sorcery is a tricky issue that cannot be proven and accepted by the courts. Although the penal code spells that any person who performs any magic ritual or has in his possession; any article associated by any class of persons with harmful magic is guilty of a misdemeanor, it is hard to prove therefore unlikely to ever result in a successful prosecution.

But crimes that occur as a result of sorcery are treated as criminal activity and are punishable under the laws.

Communities throughout the country have their own customary or unwritten laws that can be used to deal with the issue and punish perpetrators.

Solomon Fresh-Beat Online spoke to a pastor about the issue who says Christian organisations could do more to stamp out the widespread belief in sorcery.

“…this is because many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune and death.”

He says because there is a generation gap, the Christian values are not being passed on to the expanding young group, leaving people to resort to traditional belief of sorcery as an answer to explain sickness and death.

The killing at GPPOL revives the call to review existing or create laws that suit the current context.

© Solomon Fresh-Beat Online