oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Moloi ga a na mmala [A witch has no colour]: Witchcraft accusations in South Africa
|Article Title||Moloi ga a na mmala [A witch has no colour]: Witchcraft accusations in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Religious Studies, University of the North|
|Publication Date||Apr 2004|
|Pages||84 - 101|
|Keyword(s)||""Kangaroo courts"", Antagonistic relationships, Circumcision lodges, Compulsory meetings, Identify a witch, Idiomatic expressions, Proverbial language, Religious myths, Religious stories and Social crises|
Witchcraft accusations and their resultant violence have become phenomenal in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. In the past seven years more than six hundred people have lost their lives because of the carnage. The problem is economically, socially and politically disruptive and frustrates any attempt at self-development. There is thus an urgent need to curb the violent elements of witchcraft accusations. Human weaknesses like gossip, rumours, jealousy, negative political and economic rivalries are at the centre of the accusations.
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