n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Children as victim-targets for muti murder in South Africa

Volume 108, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


While "muti murders" is a neglected facet of crime studies, this does not mean that there have not been regular occurrences of this type of murder, both in rural and urban areas of South Africa (and the rest of Africa). However, over the years, there has been limited academic research done on the topic. One of the first official examinations of the whole problem of witchcraft-related murders, inter alia the burning of alleged witches, was done by the so-called Le Roux Commission of 1988 (Justice Le Roux was the Chief Justice of Venda at the time). The author undertook some of the earliest academic and fieldwork research in the early 1990s in the former Venda area (including the northern areas of the Limpopo Province) (see Minnaar, Offringa and Payze, 1992). Post-1994, the other official investigation of this problem was conducted by the Ralushai Commission of 1998.

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